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EDITION, OCTOBER 31. 1980 




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The Secretary, 
RLI Association, 
P.O. Box 8294. 
Causeway. 



Editor: 
Brian Streak 



Assistant Producer: 
Carrie Taylor 



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SOUVENIR EDITION 



31 OCTOBER. 1980 




COVER PICTURE: 

"The Trooper" at Sundown 



BY TERRY TANGNEY 



REMOVAL OF THE TROOPER 



At 1100 hours on 25 July 1980 the Battalion paraded 
before the Regimental War Memorial to honour The Fallen 
for the last time before '"The Trooper" was dismantled and 
moved to a new resting place. 

In a simple but moving ceremony CSMs solemfy read 
the Rolls of Honour. Padre Bill 'Blakeway addressed the 
Unit and read a final prayer and then, to the mournful skirl 
of the pipes, the traditional wreaths were laid by the 
Commanding Officer, Commando Commanders and the 
President of the Association, Col John Salt. 

After the Last Post and Reveille the Battalion, accom- 
panied by the Regimental Colour carried by Lt Bobby 



Harrison, marched past "The Trooper" for the last time. A 
small but interested crowd had gathered under a wintry 
sky to witness the Unit's farewell to a much respected 
symbol of sacrifice. Regrettably time precluded a more 
formal occasion and invitations could not be sent out to 
ERE and past members of the Battalion. 

"The Trooper" has now been moved and is due to be re- 
erected in the near future. Here ex-members will gather 
every Regimental Birthday to pay homage to The Fallen. 
In the meantime the tradition of saluting "The Trooper" 
continues and notwithstanding the bare plinth RLI soldiers 
salute as they pass The Holy Ground as a mark of respect 
to those who gave their lives whilst serving in the Unit. 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



SAD FAREWELL 




But the 
memory 

of the 
Incredibles' 




ill live 
for ever.. 



Lt Col J. C. W. Aust, MLM 



MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER 



It was not without trepidation that I first put pen to 
paper in an effort to produce this message for the last 
edition of our magazine. Indeed my fears were well founded 
for this must be my fourth or fifth attempt! 

To quietly and unemotionally place a Regiment in the 
files of history is a monstrous thing. For a Regiment of the 
texture and calibre of the RLI it is an appalling thing. Words 
serve little purpose at a time like this. They are inadequate, 
often unconvincing and invariably fall short of the desired 
result. I am at a loss to introduce a note of levity. We were 
all good at that and it was always the "RLI way of doing 
things". Alas today my efforts in that direction would be 
shallow and meaningless. 

It is a God given blessing that mankind forgets quickly 
for there is little to be gained by moaning over the past. It 
is sage advice to forget the past and look forward to a 
brighter and better future. At the same time, if words and 
backward glances have little value, one should not overlook 
or shy away from personal memories entirely. These are the 
real treasures of a vibrant Unit like the RLI. They are 



inviolate, stored away forever in a place of great safety. 
Collectively all our individual memories would undoubtedly 
unfold into a fairly gripping kaleidoscope of dramatic 
incident. Here we would nevertheless get a true insight to 
the RLI; an accurate explanation of who and what we were, 
and what we achieved. Were it possible, this combined 
treasure — hold of personal memory would reflect the very 
thread of human fibre. There would be much laughter, much 
of the joy of true comradeship, there would regrettably be 
sadness, quite a lot of it. Courage, much of it hitherto 
unknown and unrecorded would undoubtedly be present in 
large measure. I would imagine there would be a great deal 
of pride but a justified pride made honourable by a sur- 
prising lack of arrogance. There would undoubtedly be 
dark areas, but these, I feel sure, would be eclipsed by the 
greater more manly virtues which came to light so often. 

In nearly twenty years of loyal service our Regiment was 
touched by the golden brush which paints only the richest 
things in life, so often have we been warned to avoid the 

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OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 




FAREWELL 



• FROM PAGE 3 

emotional; to avoid clinging to a rapidly fading past. It is 
not emotional to remember with pride the endeavours of 
our Unit at a time when success in war meant everything. 
We are not foolish to remember the times when in great 
adversity, the RLI troopie revealed what he was really made 
of and displayed those almost super human qualities which 
appear only rarely and only on the battlefield. The RLI 
soldier in his time rose above everything. Very young, often 
scared, often very brave, a very ordinary youngster, he 
made himself the most courageous, the finest, most adaptable, 
most flexible, most complex, incomprehensible, yet simple 
unaffected, most loving soldier in the world. To me he is a 
hero. He rose to magnificent heights; his sangfroid was 
unbelievable at times. 

Regrettably these are now all memories and memories 
only. To our everlasting chagrin it is unlikely that a formal 
history will ever record the deeds of the RLI. This is a great 
pity for we filled a vital niche in history albeit for a twinkling 
of time. We were what history made us and in the end we 
could not escape history. If we seek a resting place in history 
we do so without malice or rancour. Our position is clear 
and always has been. The wheel of evolution turns and in 
so doing we 'find that there is no longer a place for a Unit of 
our make-up and background. It is time for a new birth, 
new tradition, new pride and we. wish the successor to the 





Lt-Col Aust... as the Troopies' will always remember him. 



RLI everything of the best in this regard. 

I am aware that many do not approve of the removal 
of "The Trooper" and all that sad exercise entailed. I am 
also aware that many disapprove of what they consider to 
be the premature demise of the Unit. This is not the place 
to enlarge on the factors and deductions that led to the 
various decisions taken by the Association and the Unit. 
Suffice to say, people must understand that much soul- 
searching and torment accompanied all our deliberations. 
There will never, ever be another RLI. Those that follow 
may look to us and emulate our standards, custom and even 
tradition. Indeed this would be right. Yet they cannot and 
will not be the RLI. 

My real purpose and the true value of writing this final 
message must be to record my gratitude to so many people 
who made the Unit what it was. 

Initially I pay homage to those officers and men who 
served the Unit long before my time and laid the foundation 
so well. The RLI produced some very fine officers and some 
very fine soldiers. I am extremely grateful to them and 
to their families. Special mention must be made of the latter. 
Wives, families and loved ones played an extremely 
important part, especially during the war. Their patience 
and forebearance during those trying years is deserving of 
the highest praise. 

To the Next of Kin of our Fallen I extend my eternal 
gratitude and sympathy. The Next of Kin have a very 
special place in the Regiment. They need have no fear for 
we will never forget. They may take pride in knowing that 
their loved ones will always be honoured and held in the 
highest esteem. We owe them a tremendous debt. 

I must, on behalf of the Battalion, record my appre- 
ciation and gratitude to our Association. They rose to the 
occasion magnificently at a time when they were needed 
most. From now on they have an onerous task and I am 
quite satisfied that under the present leadership they will 
continue to safeguard our interests to the full. 

Finally, but by no means least, I say thank you to the 
Officers, NCOs, soldiers and Members of the civilian staff 
who have stood by me so we'll during these past few months. 
It has been a trying period, demanding a great deal of 
understanding and co-operation. I have had nothing but the 
greatest understanding and closest co-operation from every- 
one at a time when much of the "glory" has gone. I am 
particularly proud of their achievements. They have been 
a magnificent team and would have been supreme during 
the war. They have behaved in the true RLI tradition and 
I wish everyone of them well in the future. 

It should be well known that the Battalion has had the 
benefit of some quite extraordinary loyal service from a 
number of civilian members of the staff. Together they 
muster over three hundred years of service! I hesitate to 
mention names but would merely say that I will always 
be indebted to them for their outstanding loyalty and hard 
work over so many years. 

In conclusion I ask all members to give the Association 
and all its Branches the utmost support over the coming 
years. On every Regimental Birthday let us all, whoever we 
are and wherever we may be, pause for a moment and 
remember with pride and deep respect those who gave their 
lives for the Green and Silver. This is the time to polish 
up personal memory and look back with affection. We must 
never forget. 

May God Bless the RLI. 

(J. C. W. AUST), Lt-Col, CO 1 RLI 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



Messages from 
past RLI COs 




Brigadier R. A. Edwards, DSO, MC. 

1 am honoured at having been asked to make a con- 
tribution to the last issue of "Cheetah". 

Looking back on one's service, one is inclined to become 
nostalgic and sentimental, but fortunately the passing of 
time always erases the serious side of things and only the 
more pleasant phases stick out in one's mind. 

Like, for example, that momentous Rand Easter Show 
in 1964 when I took a detachment to Johannesburg. The 
Silent Drill and Toy Soldiers displays were certainly the 
highlights of the main arena, and although some of the 
'ouens' felt somewhat sheepish appearing in public in those 
gaudy uniforms, the Jo'burg girls loved them! Literally! 

And although the present members of the Regiment will, 
no doubt, for some time to come, recall the events of the 
last nine years or so with sad reflections, in time memories 
will mellow and the more pleasant aspects of life in the 
Regiment will remain. But we will all, every single one of 
us, recall with tremendous pride the accomplishments of 
the finest Regiment of them all — the RLI. 

I shall ever remember with the deepest gratitude, the 
years I spent with the Regiment — some of the finest I had 
in thirty-one years of soldiering. 

May 1, therefore say a humble "Thank you" to all 
those, past and present, who were privileged to wear that 
coveted cap badge, and who indeed covered it with the 
glory it bears today. 

I am indeed proud to have been one of the 'ouens'. 

Brigadier R. A. EDWARDS, DSO, MC. 

(29 April 1963 — 30 November 1964) 



I have been asked to write this for the final edition of the 
Cheetah Magazine. This I find hard to do. Having been 
responsible for the formation of the R.L.I, in 1961 and for 
reviving the Association Newsletter which was subsequently 
succeeded by The Cheetah, it is more than sad for me to 
see them both come to an end. However, we live in rapidly 
changing and challenging times and it is up to all of us to 
meet this challenge. I was very sorry to see the defeatist 
attitude adopted by many members of the Association at 
the Annual General Meeting. The Regiment, over the years, 
has performed some wonderful and stirring feats of arms 
and these must never be forgotten. Therefore I believe that 
it is up to all of us who have been in any way associated 
with the Regiment to see that we have a very strong 
Regimental Association which can keep us all in touch with 
each other, wherever we may be. The future may look 
uncertain at the present time but I am convinced that if we 
adopt a positive attitude things will come right in time and 
we shall reach that light at the end of the tunnel. Good 
luck to you all wherever you may be! 

Colonel J. S. SALT. 

(1 February 1961—28 April 1963) 




Col J. S. Salt 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



Messages from 
~ast RLI COs 



In this brief farewell message, please forgive me if I 
include a short resume of my actual service with the 
Regiment. 

After serving as Second-in-Command from 1963-65, I 
returned as Commanding Officer in 1967. I took over a 
well-trained, highly skilled and efficient unit. Morale was 
excellent and the troops had a tremendous pride in their 
Regiment. 

My task was made easier by the extreme loyalty of all 
ranks with a cheerfulness and readiness to accept all tasks 
— important factors to prove so essential in later years. 

I recall Operations NICKEL, BONFIRE, CAULDRON, 
FLOTILLA, GRIFFIN and EXCESS - which gave the 
country some three years breathing space until the "War" 
ahead in 1972. Twelve members of the battalion were 
decorated for gallantry in the field — a remarkable record 
for "Peace-time" soldiering — proudly to be multiplied 
many times over in the period that followed. 

Since retiring, I have followed with pride and admira- 
tion the activities of our Regiment and the sterling efforts 
of the Association. You all have been in my thoughts and 
prayers. 

My previous service with the Guards, Gurkhas and 
KAR, was invaluable experience, but my true and lasting 
memories will be complete with pride and gratitude for my 
service with the RLI. 

Finally, may I wish all my old friends and colleagues 
of the Regiment, and all present serving members good luck 
in the future "You are second to none." God Bless. 

Colonel J. CAINE, DMM. 
(19 June 1967 — 25 August 1968) 






Maj Genl A. N. O. Macintyre, OLM, DCD 



Col J. Caine, DMM 

To summarise three years (almost to a week) as CO 
1RLI in 200 words is impossible. No room for reminiscences 
on battalion characters, happy days, humour or sadness. 
Yet they were all there in huge measure. Space allows 
only a broad, general (no pun intended) description of the 
strongest memories that will live with me always. 

First, the intense pride and confidence of the ouens in 
all they did, coupled with the fierce loyalty of practically 
every man in the unit. It was all fine and dandy if we 
criticised or belittled ourselves but dare any outsider — 
however well intentioned — say a word against us. What a 
wonderful family we were. 

Secondly, the quality of each individual soldier. As CO, 
however hard you try you can only really get to know the 
best and the worst of your soldiers — but what gems the 
good ones were and how I grew to love the skates who were 
regular visitors on CO's orders but who so often came up 
trumps on ops. 

Thirdly, the happy knowledge that we did the difficult 
tasks immediately, guaranteeing a satisfactory conclusion 
and that the impossible would take just a little longer. It 
didn't matter what was asked of my lads nothing got them 
down, and when my own confidence wavered, they pulled 
up their shorts, tightened their tackie laces and proved time 
and again that they were the greatest. 

No infantry CO could ask for more. 

Maj Genl A. N. O. MACINTYRE, OLM, DCD. 
(29 June 1970—16 April 1973) 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 




As a recently retired Officer, it is with great pride 
that I look back to the time that I was fortunate enough 
to command our 'Battalion. To have served in our fine 
Regiment is one thing. To have commanded it is the greatest 
honour that can be bestowed. 

My time as CO embraced a difficult but exciting period 
in the Regiment's history. It was difficult due to the fact 
that the Commando's were only occasionally under my 
operational command, thus making it harder to ensure that 
we remained as a battalion and did not degenerate into 
private armies. It was exciting in that during my tenure 
we became a parachute unit and were also deployed for the 
first time on offensive external operations. I defy any other 
Army in the world to take an ordinary infantry battalion 
and turn it into an airborne unit overnight with a 100% 
success rate! 

The Green and Silver are certainly unique. 

Finally on a personal note, it is with no apologies that I 
blow my own trumpet. It was a unique honour as CO to 
welcome my son Michael to the Battalion as a newly 
commissioned Officer, to parachute with him on his first 
descent and to present him with his wings. It must also be 
a record for father and son to have been under fire to- 
gether lying a few feet apart during an external operation. 
I was saddened to see however as an old shottist that he 
tended to snatch the trigger! 

I will never forget the RLI and will never cease to be 
proud of the fact that I once wore the green and silver. 

Brigadier P. S. RICH, DMM. 

(23 December 1975 to 3 July 1978) 



PAST COMMANDING OFFICERS 



Colonel J. S. Salt (Retired) 

(1 February 1961 to 28 April 1963) 



Colonel D. G. Parker (Deceased) 

(1 May 1974 to 30 November 1975) 



Brigadier R. A. Edwards, DSO, MC (Retired) 

(29 April 1963 to 30 November 1964) 



Brigadier P. S. Rich, DMM 

(23 December 1975 to 3 July 1978) 



Lt Genl G. P. Walls, GLM, DCD, MBE 

(1 December 1964 to 18 June 1967) 



Lt Col I. R. Bate, MLM 

(26 June 1978 to 3 December 1979) 



Colonel J. Caine, DMM (Retired) 

(19 June 1967 to 25 August 1968) 



Lt Col J. C. W. Aust, MLM 

(4 December 1979 to 31 October 1980) 



LtGenl J. S. V Hickman, CLM, MC (Retired) 

(26 August 1968 to 28 June 1970) 

Maj Genl A. N. O. Maclntyre, OLM, DCD 

(29 June 1970 tol6 April 1973) 

Lt Col R. W. Southey, DMM (Retired) 

(28 May 1973 to 30 April 1974) 




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CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 





Lt Col I. R. Bate, MLM 



Lt Col R. W. Southey, DMM 



PAST 




> 



COs 



Lt Col D. G. Parker (The King) 




Lt Col G. P. Walls, MBE 





Lt Col J. S. V. Hickman, MC 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



FROM THE 1 CDO SCRAPBOOK 




MEDALS PRESENTATION — BINDURA DECEMBER 1975 

(L to R) : 2 Lt M. R. Moseley, BCR, Sgt P. C. OB. White, BCR, His Excellency The President 
C. W. Dupont, Sgt C. C. Welch, BCR, Maj R. E. H. Lockley MLM. 



What the Saints go marching on 




From Charhons 



Imer, Tiley & Partners 



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CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 




Since the inception of the Battalion on 1 February 1961, 
Officers and Senior NCOs have said "We live in challenging 
times" and I believe that through all the intervening years 
we have met the challenge. So much so that several well 
known personalities inside and outside the Army have passed 
comments like "The Incredible RLI" and "Thank God for 
the RLI". The following is a quote taken from the speech 
of Lt Col I. R. Bate, MLM, at the unveiling of "The 
Trooper". "This Statue to be known as 'The Trooper', 
represents the courage and endurance of highly skilled 
men who fight the enemy with dedication and professional- 
ism." That we were able to perform our duties in such an 
efficient manner and with such dedication was due to our 
leaders. 

The mental and physical attributes of the Trooper and 
junior leaders were on occasions outstanding. Many a time 
in battle they were required to perform duties normally 
done by a Senior NCO or Officer. This can be attributed 
to the training, professionalism and above all enthusiasm. 
Throughout the twenty years the RLI has been in existence 
it has not always been a fighting outfit. We have performed 
many public parades, to name but a few — "The Presenta- 
tion of the Colours 1965", "The Trooping of the Colours 
1970", "Freedom of the City of Salisbury 1975" and the 
"Unveiling of The Trooper 1979". That the troopers could 
swop camo for greens particularly in the last decade illus- 
trates his versatility as an all round soldier. 

Finally for me it has been a great privilege to have 
served with The Rhodesian Light Infantry from trooper in 
peace time to RSM in war. It didn't matter what situation 
we were in, we always knew we could lick them and come 
out with honour. 

RSM K. H. REED 




OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



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The 



Ultimate P 1 um 




RSM R. O. Tarr 



Virtually every young soldier in the initial stages of his 
career has some form of ambition. He sees himself as eventu- 
ally being a high ranking officer or, some may even set their 
sights on being the Army Commander. For me, my sights 
were set on being an RSM and this is what I in fact con- 
stantly worked towards. This ambition was not only realised, 
but highlighted in September 1965 when I was appointed 
RSM of the Battalion. Being an RSM was one thing but in 
my opinion, RSM of the RLI was the ultimate plum. I held 
the appointment until May 1971. During this, almost six 
year period, I had the honour to serve under four successive 
Commanding Officers — Lt Cols Walls, Caine, Hickman 
and Maclntyre. 

To attempt to reminisce and relate all the happenings of 
that period in this short account would be an impossibility. 
A book could be written to cover the subject, but I would 
like to place on record that it was an honour for any man 
to have served in the Battalion. He can be justly proud to 
have been part of the tremendous RLI family. The fantastic 
Regimental life that prevailed, and still prevails, in the 
Battalion can only be appreciated by those who have had the 
privilege to serve in the Unit. Morale, loyalty and dedication 
was always extremely high, from the top down to the most 
junior trooper. Everything that the Battalion was committed 
to was done to perfection with incredible enthusiasm. Half 
measures were never entertained. This is one of the reasons 
as to why the Battalion produced such high standards and 
achieved its enviable reputation. 

On looking back over the years the following immediately 
comes to mind and I have no doubt that they will be a 
reminder to many. The Presentation of Colours Parade in 
1965. The achievements of the Battalion Sports Teams, in 
particular the Athletics Team in the Command Athletics 
Championships. The fantastic Rugby Teams produced and 
trained by Ron Reid-Daly in the 1965 to 1970 era and the 
good records produced by the Boxing Teams over the years. 
Ceremonial Parades, in particular the Guard of Honour 
mounted for the raising of the new Rhodesian Flag and the 
first Trooping of the Colours Parade in 1970. The numerous 
displays and tattoos put on by the Battalion at show time. 
The demonstrations the Battalion put on in Salisbury and 
Bulawayo to commemorate Regimental Day in 1971. I shall 
never forget how the Regimental March "The Saints" used 
to bring the best out of "the Ouens" on parade. Even the 
most tired trooper was inspired. 

The Mess life in the WOs and Sgts Mess was fantastic 
and had to be experienced to be believed. The annual Regi- 
mental Balls with the fantastic decors and spreads of food 
were the envy of many civilians. The tremendously high and 
efficient standards achieved by the Battalion in operations 
over a long and arduous period are well known. Three well 
known quotes sum it all up — "To us they looked like boys 
but they have shown us how to fight — they have the faces 
of boys but they fight like lions" and "The Incredible RLI" 
and "Thank God for the RLI". 

Without doubt my service with the RLI will hold the 
happiest and proudest memories of my career. 

RSM R.O.TARR 

(21 September 1965 — 23 May 1971) 



OCTOBER 



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CHEETAH 



The RLI - 'a salute* 



They came from the four corners of the globe to join an 
elite band of men who were called "The RLI"; "The 
Incredibles" or "The Saints". 

They were said to have the faces of boys who fought 
like lions. On parade they were steadfast and precise in their 
green and silver and in battle they were ruthless and 
courageous and never gave up until the battle was won. 

On the playing field they won with delight and lost with 
dignity. These were the men of The Rhodesian Light 
Infantry to whom Rhodesians owe so much. 

Back to the four corners of the globe they have gone, 
their task completed and another page of history written. 
Although you are no longer with us your spirit and example 
will remain. Your dedication and sacrifices will forever be 
an inspiration to those you have left behind. 

Soldiers of The Rhodesian Light Infantry we salute you. 

H. J. SPRINGER, DMM 
RSM 1 RLI (August 1971 to December 1978) 





RSM H. J. Springer 



RSM RON REID-DALY, 

the RLI's first Regimental 

Sergeant Major, who served 

in this key post from 

1 February 1961 to 20 August 1965. 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



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"CIVVY STARS' 

A tribute to loyalty 




Miss Maria Horodyszcz was 
born in Poland. With three 
sisters and a brother she was 
part of a happy, well-to-do 
family destined to be tragi- 
cally destroyed by the in- 
ferno of the Second World 
War. On 31 December 1939 
Maria was arrested by the 
Russian Forces during their 
"liberation" of Poland and 
placed in a concentration 
camp. A period in prison 

and yet another camp followed ufflfirftfBWfflS lWtYshe 
was released in the company of other internees as part of 
the Russian plan to form the new Polish Forces to fight 
against the Germans. Maria and her sister eventually joined 
the Polish 2nd Corps under General Anders. General Anders 
refused to fight under Russian Command and many will 
remember the sterling service of the Poles in the many and 
varied theatres of war which followed. Maria and her sister 
accompanied the Corps through Persia, Iraq, Egypt and 
Italy. They were present at the battle of Monte Casino 
where the Polish forces fought with particular distinction. 

Tragically the family had long since broken up and 
been destroyed. Maria's two sisters were killed by the 
Germans, her brother, a member of the Polish Resistance, 
died in a Russian prison and her father died in a concen- 
tration camp. As a Second Lieutenant decorated for her 
services in the war, Maria together with her sister moved to 
Britain with the Free Polish Forces in 1947. In June 1949 
Maria emigrated to Southern Rhodesia and on 1 November 
1961 she joined the Battalion as a bookkeeper. 

Maria Horodyszcz has served the Unit with unstinting 
loyalty since that date. The glowing remarks on many audit 
reports bear ample testimony of her efficiency and dedication. 
Many will remember her generosity, kindness and wry 
humour hidden behind a cloak of supreme efficiency. 

Many an officer has cause to thank her for her experience 
and wisdom in dealing with the men and their funds. No 
empty bottle or solitary cent went astray under her eagle 
eye and she had untold patience when dealing with errant 
2ICs of whom there were many. 

Maria Horodyszcz was awarded the Meritorious Service 
Medal (Civil Division) on 11 November 1976. Her en- 
thusiasm, dedication and capacity for sheer hard work 
have earned her the greatest respect. We are all extremely 
grateful and wish her every happiness in the future. 



Mrs. Esther Brookes was 
born in Greece. Married in 
Volos on 21 May 1949, she 
moved to Southern Rho- 
desia with her husband, 
Bert, in 1951. Bert is a well 
known ex member of the 
Regiment and a strong 
Association member. 







Mrs. E. Brookes, MSM 

After a spell as a clerk/typist at Depot, The Rhodesia 
Regiment, Esther joined the Unit in November 1961 shortly 
after it was first formed as No. 1 Training Unit in Brady 
Barracks, Bulawayo. Serving initially in the old Headquarter 
Company, she moved to Battalion Headquarters in the 
latter half of 1961. She has been typing in Battalion Head- 
quarters ever since. 

Esther's service has been characterised by total loyalty 
and love for the Regiment. As a top grade typist she has, 
on a number of occasions refused promotion to serve on with 
"her" Battalion. She has on numerous occasions gone out of 
her way to assist the Regiment in many ways and her efforts 
have not been confined to typing alone. Her position made 
her privy to some of the most sensitive secrets, her total 
reliability in guarding these is worthy of the highest praise. 

Esther worked closely with all the COs, 2I/cs and 
Adjutants of this Unit. She remembers them all and given 
the opportunity could record a history well worth reading. 

Always considerate, many will not forget the well timed 
cup of coffee first as things were getting beyond a joke, her 
accurate typing together with an ability to produce com- 
pleted work exceptionally quickly made her an indispensible 
part of the Headquarters and the Unit as a whole. Many 
will remember her kindness and love for all living creatures. 
Her consideration for others always outshone that rare flash 
of Greek temper prompted only by the inefficiency she 
could not abide. 

Esther Brookes was awarded the Meritorious Service 
Medal (Civil Division) on 11 November 1977. Her en- 
thusiasm, dedication and capacity for sheer hard work have 
earned her the greatest respect. We are all extremely grate- 
ful and wish her and Bert every happiness in the future. 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



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The RLI Regimental Association was officially constituted on 
the 7th March, 1969, its purpose to bring together serving members 
of the Regiment and former members. 

Projects carried out in the formative years were the introduction 
of a quarterly newsletter "Report from the Association", which 
achieved its objectives in communicating with past and ERE mem- 
bers. Also popular with serving members was The Troopers Christ- 
mas Draw and social functions where many a happy reunion took 
place. 

A proposal to erect a Statue was broached in 1969 and this was 
implemented in 1979 with the Committee firmly behind the erection 
of a suitable monument to those troopers who had paid the supreme 
sacrifice for their Country. Public support was most encouraging and 
funds raised were also used to refurbish the 1RLI Chapel. 

The Association magazine "Cheetah' was introduced in 1978 
and has been given excellent support by contributors from the RLI 
and advertisers. Our sincere thanks are tendered to all those who 
made this project the success it became. 

In recognition of all members who served with the Battalion, 
a Scroll was designed depicting the various Commando insignia and 
significant quotations of respect made to the Unit during its active role. 

A Trust Fund for members of the Association has been intro- 
duced to cater for those in need. 

In conclusion, I would like to stress the importance of the main- 
tenance of contact between members especially as they will soon be 
scattered to all corners of the globe. It is essential that Branches of 
the Association be formed to enable members to keep in touch. 

My sincere thanks are tendered to the Commanding Officers, 
Commando Commanders, all member of the Battalion and our 
Committee for the support they have given me during my period as 
Chairman. 

May we all remember. 

R. W. WATSON. 



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16 CHEETAH OCTOBER 



By Major (The Rev) Bill Blakeway 

"Padre, do you want to go on Fire Force." That 
question put to me by Lt Col Pat Armstrong, then O.C. 
of Support Commando, started my understanding and 
appreciation of what the RLI was all about. 

I nearly had a heart attack when I looked at the stick 
board that evening and saw there in first wave, stop one — 
Padre! It was quite a serious stick — Cpl 'Dutch' de Klerk, 
'Ticky' Millet, 'Buzzard' Dalgerous and yours truly. Fortu- 
nately, the only contact we made that day was with 
Buff Beans'. But I shall never forget the almost paraly- 
sing fear as the chopper circled the target area. For me 
the moment of truth. I have recalled that "heavy war 
story" because that experience helped me to know some- 
thing of what the members of the Battalion had to go 
through every time the siren went off. I don't think 
it is possible for a Padre to begin to communicate with 
the Troopie unless he has been frightened with him 

My association with the Battalion started during 1974, 
whilst I was still a T.A. Right from the beginning, to me, 
there was something "special" about the Unit. It also 
became clear to me that there was a tremendous pride 
in the Unit by its members and like all regular army 
units, it was a "closed shop" to anyone on the outside. 
I soon realised that I would have to become a regular 
if I was to stand any hope of being accepted. It was 
during the first half of 1976 that the Chaplain General 
said "You are now officially Chaplain to the RLI get on 
and know them." 

It would take far more than this article and would be 
impossible to recall and record everything I would like 
to of these last six years. The Padre's Hour for instance. 
You know that exciting period during the week when 
most of the ouens catch up on their gonk! I recall a few 
anxious moments when difficult questions have come up, 
like . . . "Come on Padre, how come you are talking 
to us about God when we have to go out and kill?" If 




Major (The Rev) Bill Blakeway 



How come you are talking to us about 
God when we have to go out and kill? 



anyone thinks there is an easy answer to that one — 
good luck. All I could do was to help the troopie to see 
that the country had the right to both rule and defend 
itself, and that the Christian had a moral obligation to 
be involved in both. I would also like to say that during 
the whole of my association with the Battalion, I have 
not come across one man who claimed categorically that 
he is an atheist. They might not have been Church-goers, 
but they accepted the fact that there was "someone up 
there" looking after them. 

My trips to the bush to visit the different Commandos 
— few Chaplains had the privileges that I had in this 
respect. To be accepted as part of the Unit. I remember 
incidents like Forbes Border Post with 2 Commando, hot 
extraction demonstration with 3 Commando — with me 
hanging from that bar and the chopper circling a couple 
of hundred feet up — when I could have been back home 
sitting having tea with the old ladies of the Church! 
Being one of six sticks, total 24, and being told by the 
O.C. that 75 to 100 enemy had been sighted — I didn't 
stop shaking for an hour. 

The occasional patrol clinging hopefully to the promises 
of the Log Enslins and Charlie Warrens of: "Don't worry, 



Padre, we will look after you." Another moment that 
aged me twenty years was when the present O.C. Col 
Aust was 2 I.C. We were discussing the various para 
courses and he said: "Do you want to be para-trained?" 
As I was still stumbling over my answer he picked up 
the phone, spoke to the para school and asked them 
if the Padre could get on a course. I sat completely 
speechless as I heard him say: "Right, thanks, — three 
weeks' time." Once again, however, what a privilege to 
be accepted as one who has jumped with the Battalion 
— even if they were only fun jumps. 

There have been the sad times . . having to go and 
visit N.O.K. of members of the Battalion and giving them 
the one message they were dreading. 

The happy times at the get-togethers and marriages. 

The proud moments. 

There is no doubt that to me, personally, the supreme 
moment of pride was on the 1st February, 1979 when 
the Statue of the Troopie was unveiled. To have been 
part of that magnificent ceremony will always be the 
most treasured memory that I will have. And who of 
those who were there will ever be able to forget the 
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17 



THE HIT'S 




Major Webster 



THE PADRE REMEMBERS 

• FROM PAGE 17 

Memorial Service on 12th September, 1979, and the 
funeral service for Major Bruce Snelgar, held at the foot 
of the statue. Or that final Wreath-Laying. Possibly there 
will be those who will read this and say "the Padre's 
being carried away again." All I know is that those who 
have served in the Battalion will know exactly what I am 
saying. They will understand the fierce feeling of pride 
that the men in the Unit, and its achievement, coupled 
with the memory of those of their number who did not 
return from the op area. 

As the Padre remembers, he would also like to say 
"Thank You". Thank you to the men of the green and 
silver, for your professionalism as soldiers, for your 
courage, for your loyalty to the cause for which you 
fought. And I thank you for your personal friendship. 

Remember this, we're going to be in that number 
when the SAINTS GO MARCHING IN! 



By Major C. H. Webster 

In 1977 a Mobile Surgical Unit (M.S.U.) first made 
its appearance on Military Operations. It was the first 
of a line of eight designed and manufactured in Rhodesia 
with funds provided by Lions International. The project 
was a controversial one. Both members of the Medical 
Profession and laymen voiced opinion for and against the 
concept. 

January 1978, saw the completion of the second M.S.U. 
and this was immediately put to use by the Rhodesian 
Light Infantry. It was soon realised that the name M.S.U. 
was misleading amongst both military and medical per- 
sonnel and the name was altered to Mobile Resuscitation 
Unit which described more accurately its role. 

The M.R.U. is an airconditioned trailer unit towed by 
a 4,5 which carries backup equipment. A generator is 
towed by a 2,5 ambulance and this provides power for 
good lighting, airconditioning, water geyser, suction 
apparatus, autoclave, diathery, refrigeration and the 
wards. The unit is arranged as a small theatre and con- 
tains anaesthetic apparatus. Although surgical procedures 
can be carried out in this unit the Medical Detachment 
only carried out absolutely necessary procedures i.e. chest 
drains, completion of amputations, debridement of 
wounds, etc. 

Side tents provide two four-bank wards for initial 
assessment and preparing patients for backloading to a 
Central Hospital. An armoured ambulance was added to 
the unit to enable the doctor/medics to reach casevacs 
when aircraft could not be used for any reason. 

The Medical Detachment of the RLI had good use 
of its M.R.U. during the war. The unit was deployed 
on 42 occasions and covered 54,000 km. It moved with 
JOC HQ to pre-position, usually next to an airfield, for 
Special Operations or with POC HQ or a Fire Force 
during routine operations. 

The following points became obvious as regards the 
M.R.U.: 

1. It was robust and could move over very adverse roads. 

2. It should ideally be operated by a regular crew 
familiar with siting, setting up and operating the unit. 
On occasions it was ready to receive and did receive 
casualties within twenty minutes of arriving at an 
airfield or base. 

3. The unit can be placed next to forward airfields so 

that aircraft can be made immediately available to 
casevac patients rearwards to Central Hospitals once 
the casualties have received their initial resuscitation 
and been stabilised. 

4. Intensive resuscitation and stabilisation of patients is 
possible in a stable environment with all equipment 
necessary ready to hand. 

5. The morale of the soldier on the ground is raised 
when he knows he has a good backup system as 
regards casevac. 

The Medical Detachment dealt with many casulaties 
during the two years in which the unit was operated. 
Three hundred and twenty-five persons passed through 
the M.R.U. and were grouped as follows: 

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LIFESAVER 




Major Webster (left) and Sgt Kreswell attend to a civilian in the MRU. 



• FROM PAGE 18 



The types of injuries were classified as follows: 



Group 

RLI 

Other Army Units 

B.S.A.P. 

RhA.F. 

Home Affairs/G.F. 

S.F.A. 

African civilians 

European civilians 

Guerrillas 



Number 

65 
87 
34 
4 
14 
12 
77 
11 
21 



Percentage 

20,0% 
26,7% 
10,5% 

1,2% 

4,3% 

3,7% 
23,0% 

3,4% 

6,5% 



They sustained their injuries as follows: 

Cause Number Percentage 

Mines (AP and Land) 60 18,5% 

Contacts (FF. scenes) 91 28,0% 

Ambushes 48 14,8% 

Crossfire 37 11,4% 

Accidental explosions 4 1,2% 

Aircraft crashes (in action) 4 1,2% 

Parachuting injuries 4 1,2% 

Accidental shootings 24 7,4% 

Road Traffic (Accidents) '22 6,8% 

Other 31 9,5% 



Type 


Number 


Percentage 


Multiple 


24 


7,4% 


Orthopaedic 


100 


30,8% 


Head 


11 


3,4% 


Chest 


11 


3,4% 


Abdomen 


11 


3,4% 


Burns 


16 


4,9% 


Superficial 


127 


39,1% 


Medivacs 


17 


5,2% 


Other (E.M.T. etc.) 


8 


2,5% 



Of the three hundred and twenty-five persons who 
have been casevaced through or from the M.R.U. two 
died en route to the M.R.U., two died on arrival at the 
M.R.U. and two died between the M.R.U. and a central 
hospital. Three of these cases were multiple injuries, one 
was a G.S.W. to thigh with femoral artery severed and 
two were G.S.W. 's through the base of the skull. This 
is a 1,8% death rate which perhaps emphasises the value 
of a unit such as occasions where patients would not have 
survived a long trip to a hospital. Sometimes our M.R.U. 
in RLI was close enough to a Fire Force contact to see 
or hear the helicopters in the distance. 

On these occasions we received, or were able to get 
to, critically injured patients within 7-10 minutes of injury. 

In conclusion it could safely be said that the RLI 
M.R.U. more than paid for itself as a life-saver and as 
a moral booster. 



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CUSTOMS AND 

TRA DITIONS. . . 



1. HISTORY 

In 1960 it was decided to include for the first time a 
Regular European Battalion in the Army order of battle 
and as a result No 1 Training Unit was established in 
Bulawayo tasked not only with forming the Battalion but 
also a Special Air Service and a Recconnaissance Squadron. 

The Battalion was officially formed on the 1st February 
1961. This day is now recognised as the Regimental Birth- 
day. 

2. TITLE 

The Regiment was officially christened First Battalion 
The Rhodesia Light Infantry. The then Commanding Offi- 
cer Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Salt opposed this and by usage 
this has changed to First Battalion The Rhodesian Light 
Infantry. 

3. MOVE TO BARRACKS 

In April 1961 the Battalion moved from Bulawayo to a 
new barracks in the Cranborne suburb of Salisbury. 

Cranborne Barracks costing some one million pounds 
in 1960/61, remains one of the showpieces of the Rhodesian 
Army and overseas experts have commented that it is one 
of the finest barracks of its type in the world. 

4. CHANGE OF ROLE 

In November 1964 the organisation and role of the 
Battalion was changed from a conventional infantry unit to 
a Commando Battalion. 

This has given the Unit real mobility and far greater 
ability to fight conventional and counter insurgency war- 
fare in Rhodesian terrain. 

Likewise, requiring initiative, a sense of adventure and 
a willingness to tackle any task, the Commando image and 
training is more in keeping with the character of the young 
Rhodesian today. 

On becoming a Commando Battalion, the then Com- 
manding Officer Lt. Col. G. P. Walls, M.B.E. introduced 
the wearing of the familiar tartan green beret with cere- 
monial uniform, which when on parade, distinguishes the 
Regiment from other units of the Rhodesia Army. 

5. THE COLOURS 

On the 19th June 1965 the First Battalion The Rho- 
desian Light Infantry received their colours on a full 
ceremonial parade from the then Governor of Rhodesia, 
His Excellency Sir Humphrey Gibbs, K.C.M.G., O.B.E. 

A dedication ceremony and drum head ceremony was 
held, conducted by Chaplains of the Rhodesian Corps of 
Chaplains. 

The Colours were approved by Her Majesty The Queen 
on 15th July 1963, and the original drawings of the colours, 
produced by the College of Arms and bearing the signature 
of Queen Elizabeth II, hang in the office of the Command- 
ing Officer. 

The Queen's Colour bears the Royal Crown, and the 
inscription "The Rhodesian Light Infantry" on the tradi- 
tional background of the Union Jack. 



The Regimental Colour consists of the Regimental 
badge surrounded by the words "The Rhodesian Light In- 
fantry" and a laurel wreath of flame lilies surmounted by 
the Royal Crown on a green background. 

The Colours are housed in the Silver Room of the 
Officers Mess. They are only removed for Ceremonial 
Parades and formal Mess functions. 

The Colours are to be handled by Officers so appointed 
by the Adjutant, and are not to be handled by any other 
person. This rule is waived during Mess functions in the 
Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess when the Command- 
ing Officer gives authority to the Regimental Sergeant 
Major for the Colours to be transferred from the Officers 
Mess for display purposes. 

The Regimental Sergeant Major is then responsible for 
organising a proper escort party to collect and return the 
Colours. 

After a Ceremonial Parade, the Colour Party march to 
the main entrance of the Officers Mess. Once the subalterns 
have returned the Colours to the Silver Room, the Mess 
Sergeant will bring to the Colour Party a silver tray bearing 
a decanter of sherry and five glasses. Each member of the 
Colour Party receives a glass of sherry before dismissal. 

The Adjutant and Regimental Sergeant Major are re- 
sponsible for the selection of the Colour Party. 

The escort consisting of a Warrant Officer and two 
Colour Sergeants or Sergeants will be nominated by the 
Regimental Sergeant Major. 

In 1966 a tradition was commenced whereby the Regi- 
mental Sergeant Major, in the evening after a ceremonial 
parade, when the Colours have been paraded, sends from 
the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, liquid refresh- 
ment for the Ensign or Ensigns being in the form of con- 
gratulations on their expected high standard of drill on that 
day's parade. 

6. REGIMENTAL MARCHES 

a. QUICK MARCH "THE SAINTS" 

On the formation of No. 1 Training Unit (the forerunner 
of the present Regiment) a considerable number of 
recruits originated from the United Kingdom. One 
member of the Unit at this time was 1705 L/Cpl 
MARTIN, D. M., a previous member of a Highland 
Regiment. On route marches L/Cpl Martin played his 
bagpipes and a tune that became very popular was the 
"SAINTS". Bandmaster Lewis of The Rhodesian African 
Rifles, scored the tune and it was played at passing out 
parades of the new recruits. 

Army Headquarters offered a 50 pound prize to the 
Bandmasters of the Federation for a suitable Regimental 
March. By this stage "THE SAINTS" had been un- 
officially accepted by members of the Unit as the Regi- 
mental March. Owing to the opposition by the Unit to 
any other march being accepted, "THE SAINTS" was 
officially declared the Regimental March of the First 
Battalion, The Rhodesian Light Infantry. 
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• FROM PAGE 20 

b. SLOW MARCH " THE RHODESIAN LIGHT 
INFANTRY" 

This tune was specially written for the presentation of 
the Colours by Captain F. SUTTON of the Rhodesian 
Corps of Signals Band. The first occasion it was played 
was the ceremonial parade held on 19th June 1965, for 
the Presentation of the Colours. 

In 1968 The Prime Minister of Rhodesia The Hon. I. D. 
SMITH attended the Annual Regimental Sundowner 
and proposed the Toast to the Regiment in which he 
proposed the health of the "INCREDIBLE RLI". This 
remark was much publicised in the local press and Capt. 
F. Sutton requested that his composition be renamed 
"THE INCREDIBLES" and as such it is known today. 

7. REGIMENTAL DAY 

The Official "BIRTHDAY" of the Regiment was the 
1st February 1961 which was the date of the formation of 
First Battalion, The Rhodesian Light Infantry. Each year, 
on or about the 1st February, the Regimental Day is cele- 
brated. 

8. REGIMENTAL MOTTO 

No motto has yet been adopted by the Regiment to date. 

The following suggestion was given by Capt. R. F. 
Reid-Daly, M.B.E., 1 RLI on 4 November 1969, and is 
preserved for possible future use: 

"On the 18th March 1968 during OPERATION 
CAULDRON No. 13 Troop made contact with a large 
group of the enemy and were pinned down in the subsequent 
fire fight. A platoon from E Company R.A.R. were in sup- 
port at this time and P.W.O. HEROD was wounded in the 
engagement. 

Air support was called for, but in the bombing several 
of the security forces were wounded, amongst them 2341 
Sgt. BAKER, T. J. 

These personnel including P.W.O. Herod were evacu- 
ated, and later Sgt. Baker went to see P.W.O. Herod, who 
had this to say of our chaps. 

"We in the R.A.R. used to laugh at your soldiers for 
to us they looked like boys — but you have shown us how 
to fight — they have the faces of boys but they fight like 
lions." 

9. HOLY GROUND 

The large circle in front of Battalion Headquarters has 
by tradition, been christened "THE HOLY GROUND". 

On the original plans of the barracks an open air pulpit 
was designed in the centre of the circle for Battalion Church 
parades. This was later dispensed with due to lack of funds. 

On the appointment of Lt. Col. R. EDWARDS, D.S.O., 
M.C., as Commanding Officer he, accompanied by the then 
R.S.M. WOl R. F. REID-DALY, M.B.E., stepped out to 
the centre of the circle and pronounced the area "unholy". 
Paths were then constructed across the circle. 

In keeping with the original concept of "HOLY 
GROUND" no bicycle or wheeled transport is to be ridden 
or driven across it and the paths are to be strictly adhered 
to. 

10. TRIANGULAR NIGHT 

To celebrate the anniversary of the UNILATERAL 
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, the Corporals 
Club invite the Officers Mess and the Warrant Officers and 
Sergeants Mess to a Triangular Night on or about the 1 1 th 
November each year. 

THE TRIANGULAR NIGHT originated at Kariba on 
11th November 1965, when the Battalion was deployed as 
a precautionary measure just prior to the assumption of 
independence. 




By tradition, the Commanding Officer will toast the 
"REGIMENT" and then "RHODESIA" and will be fol- 
lowed by the R.S.M. leading the singing of the "SAINTS". 

As no reciprocal entertainment can be given to the 
Corporals of the Regiment, the cost of the function is evenly 
divided amongst the three messes. 

11. CHRISTMAS 

a. CHRISTMAS MORNING: An officer from each Sub- 
Unit is to be appointed by the Commanding Officer 
to dispense the traditional "GUN FIRE" ie rum and 
coffee to all troops in bed at 0700 hours on Christmas 
morning. 

Preferably as many officers and NCOs should attend 
this gesture, but it is essential that at least one officer 
and one NCO are detailed. 
The rum is to be purchased from Sub-Unit funds. 

b. DUTIES: CHRISTMAS DAY: The Adjt. and ORQMS 
are to fulfil the duties of Orderly Officer and Orderly 
Sergeant on Christmas Day and are to supervise the 
"GUN FIRE". 

c. TROOPS CHRISTMAS LUNCH: As near as possible 
to Christmas the Troops Christmas Lunch is held in the 
Main Dining Hall. 

A V.I. P. guest is invited to propose the toast to the Regi- 
ment and Officers and NCOs then commence the time- 
honoured tradition of serving Christmas Lunch to all 
ranks below Sergeant. 

On completion of the lunch, the Officers and NCOs are 
called forward one by one to drink a pint of beer to the 

loud accompaniment of crashing cutlery on tables. 
The V.I.P.s are escorted by the Officers and NCOs to 

the Corporals Dining Room for a buffet lunch. 
Over the years a practice of the R.S.M. opening his 
Mess to all "Servers" at the Christmas Lunch has be- 
come traditional. 

12. TROPHDZS 

The Inter-Commando Rugby Trophy was "liberated" 
by the then 2IC A Company Captain D. G. PARKER 
from the KATANGESE in 1961 when the Battalion was 
deployed on the Northern Rhodesia/Katanga border in the 
Kipushi Area. 

13. "THE TROOPER" 

The Regimental War Memorial the first of its kind in 
Rhodesia depicts a typical RLI Trooper dressed in tra- 
ditional RLI "bush kit". The figure faces North and is 
situated in the centre of the "Holy Ground". 

The Commanding Officer at the time Lt Col I. R. Bate, 
MLM, decreed that: 

a. The memorial would be called "The Trooper". 

b. The Trooper will be saluted by all Officers and Men 
of the Regiment who pass him. 

c. Representatives of the Unit and its Association will on 
the 1st February each year lay wreaths at the foot of 
The Trooper in memory of our comrades who have 
given their lives for their Country. 

d. The ground immediately surrounding The Trooper is 
"Holy Ground", declared by Lt Col I. R. Bate, MLM, 
RSM K. H. Reed on 12th Marrch 1979. 

The last Parade and Wreath Laying was performed by 
the Regiment on 25th July 1980 and on the 28th July 1980 
"The Trooper" was removed for safe keeping. 



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THOUGHTS OF 
A TROOPIE 



Ten years old and four feet high, 
History and UDI. 

"Today, we've struck a blow, " said he 
"For Justice and Christianity. " 

For Principle we've made a stand, 
Courageous people, splendid land. 

Civilised, we stand or fall, 

God save the Queen, God Bless you all. 

And like the years, good friends have gone, 
David and Richard, Mike and John. 

Crash and ambush, mine and mortar, 
Cold, heat, dust and water. 

Freckled David, laughing Paul, 
And Pete my bravest friend of all. 

Write their names on Rolls of Honour, 
Scripted bold in golden splendour. 

For us will be no victory day; 
The dogs of war have gone astray. 

Now Principle becomes Surrender, 
Expediency the legal tender. 

Is Justice just for those who shout? 
Is this what Christ is all about? 

Will someone tell us why we fight? 

What once was Wrong is now what's Right? 

Where am I going — where have I been? 
Somewhere ...nowhere ...in between? 

Years of waste, and so I cried, 

The day my good friend Johnny died. 



22 CHEETAH OCTOBER 




Rl I 







The 
Very 

Big 

Red Champions 




Major I. Buttenshaw — OC 1 Commando 



In the days before Operation Hurricane units would do 
Border Control duties in their respective Brigade areas. 
After several years this duty became boring, to say the 
least. In order to give everyone a change of scenery and 
the chance to operate in other parts of the country every 
so often sub-units would do a tour of duty in another 
Brigade's area. This was known as "Op Swop". 

In July 1971 the Commando was on an Op Swop 
deployment in the 1 Brigade area with its headquarters 
at the New Deka Base Camp. The O.C., Major D. G. 
Parker, ordered that there would be P.T. at 0600 hours 
every morning for everyone on the base. The O.C. himself 
used to dread these parades and used to delay getting out 
of bed until the last possible moment. One particular morn- 
ing he was running a little late and the troops had formed 
up a short distance from his room before the O.C. had 
arisen. A short while later this very big man appeared 
before the men wearing a pair of full length bright red 
pyjamas. This sight prompted Sgt Bruce Antonowitz, to say, 
"It's the Big Red". 

The OC was commonly referred to as "The Big Red" in 
a personal capacity. Gradually the name referred to the 
Commando as a whole and in time Assegai notes were 
written under this heading. 



Major Parker's successor, Major A. K. Boyd-Sunther- 
land did much to ensure that the Commando retained the 
name of "The Big Red". Thus the Commando has a very 
real and tangible reminder of a truly great man . . . the 
late Col David Parker ex OC of the Commando and CO 
of the Battalion. 

ONE COMMANDO DAY: 24 OCTOBER 

In July 1975 the Commanding Officer Lt Col D. G. 
Parker ("The King") approved a request from OC 1 
Commando to have 24 October officially adopted as 1 
Commando Day. 

Over the period 16 October to 2 November 1973 the 
Commando was deployed on external operations in Mozam- 
bique. The overall aim was to locate and destroy the enemy 
and their base camps, the primary target was Securanza. 
On 24 October 1973 a small group of 1 Commando 
located this camp, and as a result 26 of the enemy/recruits 
were killed and one captured. Our Commando suffered 
one fatal casualty - that of Rfn Casal. In these actions Sgt 
P. I. MacNeilage won one of the first Silver Crosses of 
Rhodesia to be awarded for gallantry and leadership in 
action. Cpl Bartlett and L/Cpl van der Zandt both won 

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23 




THE GIRL FRIDAYS OF GATOOMA WHO ADOPTED 1 COMMANDO IN LATE 1973, AT THE 
GATOOMA SHOW 1977 WITH THE THEN, OC MAJOR R. M. MATKOVITCH. 



• FROM PAGE 23 

Military Forces Commendations. 

In it is now traditional for the Commando to adopt 
Sunday Routine on these days and for the members to be 
excused all duties. In addition the Annual Commando 
Dance/Party will be held on or as close to this date as 
possible. 

THE COMMANDO BAR— "THE 28TH" 

On 28 February 1976 a composite troop of 18 members 
of 1 Commando commenced a follow up at 0800 hours at 
the eastern point of the Chibara Hills heading west, Cor- 
porals Cookson and Hosking were tracking. A National 
Parks Game Tracker by the name of Smith joined them 
later. Around lunchtime the tracks split in two heading 
north towards the Mavoradona Mountains. Cookson and 
Hosking went on one set of spoor and the Parks Tracker 
on the other. Hosking and Cookson eventually relocated 
the main spoor and called the Call sign up to join them. 

At 1430 hours the Troop with the trackers ahead of 
them walked into an ambush. In the initial burst of enemy 
fire Corporal Cookson was killed, and Corporal Hosking 
seriously wounded. Lt Paul Morpuss was also wounded. 
The 1 Commando Troop returned the fire and the enemy 
withdrew enabling Hosking and Morpuss to be casevaced. 

A sweep was organised and a further five contacts 
ensued between 1430 hours and last light. During these 
subsequent contacts Sgt White BCR, Trooper Diedricks and 
the Park's Tracker (Smith) were killled. Troopers Dippen- 
aar and Wilkinson were also wounded. At the end of the 
day 1 Commando had lost 3 dead plus the attached tracker 
and had three members wounded, accounting for 19 of the 
enemy killed and 1 captured. 



Consequently in memory of those members of the Com- 
mando killed on 28 February 1976 the Commando Bar 
has been duly named "The 28th". At the same time the 
ouens composed a song in memory of those who fell. 

"THE 28TH" 

Now here is a story, that I must tell you, 
Of a boy who was taken from home, 
To fight for his drink and his freedom, 
And also his loved ones at home. 

He was sent to the North-Eastern Border 
Where most of the fighting was done 
It was there that the RLI soldier was shot 
By a Terrorist gun. 

As he raised himself up on his elbows 
And the blood from his wounds, 
It ran red. 

Then he turned to his comrades beside him 
And these are the words that he said, 
Won't you bury me high on a mountain 
Beneath the cross that stands facing 
The Sun. 

So we buried him high on the mountain 
Beneath the cross that stands facing 
The Sun. 

And now that the Contact is all over 
His berret lying down by his feet 
For his comrades will never forget him 
On the day of the "28TH". 
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24 



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• FROM PAGE 24 

THE GATOOMA ROOM 

In 1976 along with the opening of the Pub — "The 
28th" the TV lounge was redecorated and made a "mini" 
Commando Museum. It was called the Gatooma Room 
because of the Commando's affiliation with Gatooma. 

In late 1973 under the auspices of the Gatooma "Girl 
Fridays" led by Mrs. Ena Harrison, the Commando had 
been adopted by Gatooma. Throughout the war their con- 
stant supply of goodies and organisation of trips to Gatooma 
was very much appreciated by the Commando, and in their 
honour the Commando TV Lounge was named the 
"Gatooma Room". 

The Commando made their last visit to Gatooma on 19 
July 1980 and were exceptionally well entertained by the 
Girl Fridays, Rotary Club, Municipality and the MOTHS. 
To commemorate our last visit to Gatooma and show our 
appreciation for all the people of Gatooma's efforts for us, 
the Commando presented, for safe keeping, the Bush Flag 
that had been flown at all our Bush/Operational Bases 
since 1976. 

"A LOOK TO THE PAST' 

With the war over and reminicences very much the 
order of the day, it is probably appropriate to recall 1 
Commando's (then A Coy) first operational deployment 
way back in the early 60's. The story is told by the late 
Major R. J. Davie: 

"I commanded the first 3 Platoon. Captain "Digger" 
Essex-Clarke was our Company Commander. Captain 
Dave Parker our 2 IC, Lt Brian Barrett-Hamilton com- 
manded 2 Platoon and 2 Lt Harry Harvey was 1 Platoon 
Commander. W02 "Crash" Hannoway was CSM. 

My Platoon (3 PI) was ordered to Kipushi on the 
Congo Border. President Moise Tshombe's two "get away" 
cars were parked in the Platoon area. A big, black Buick 
and another magnificent white American car. He lived 
just across the border cut-line about 500 yards away. We 
could see his house. 

There was an airstrip half in the Congo and half 
in Northern Rhodesia, about a quarter of a mile from our 
position. Tshombe used to fly out from there, occasionally 
to talk to Sir Roy Welensky. The Presidential limousine 
was always preceded and followed by escort vehicles. 
They were open sided military + 2 Ton. Usually they 
each carried about 12 Gendarmes in washed out blue 
uniforms, festooned with grenades and packing Mauser's 
and FN's. These convoys passed about 100 yards in front 
of the platoon position. 

One afternoon, when I was away at Company HQ 
on the Kafue River, Tshombe stopped and came to visit 
the platoon. I had many "hard core" Afrikaners in my 
platoon then. However according to what I was told on 
my return the whole Platoon voluntarily lined up and 
came to attention as Tshombe shook their hands. I believe 
they also presented arms for the President. 

He (Tshombe) was very kind — the troops liked 
him and seemed to feel he was a "White African". He 
presented a very large Katangese flag to the Platoon. 
It was autographed in the bottom left hand corner. Pte 
Stephenson kept it and this flag was displayed on the 
wall of the "Winged Stagger" after Stephenson had joined 
the SAS. Incidentally, Lt Col John Salt flew into the 
airstrip one afternoon. 

We had a piper in our platoon and he stood on top 
of our "bunker" antheap and played When the Saints 
go Marching In' as the Colonel arrived and the guard 
presented Arms. We were very formal on operations in 
those days. The Colonel was deeply touched. There were 
tears in his eyes — literally. In the heat and dust of that 




Lt-Col D. G. "The King" Parker ... the"BigRed" founder. 

(then) outpost of the British Empire it might have seemed 
incongruous; Scottish (R.L.I.) Piper, American tune and 
a gnarled old Rhodesian Colonel. But the gesture was 
sincere and the Colonel was too. 

There is a funny sequel to it. The Piper, amongst 
other escapades, deserted to join the Mercenaries. Digger 
(the OC) had been offered £20 000 sterling if the Rifle 
Company went across, another £20 000 if the mortars 
went across from Kafue, £2 000 for each Officer and 
£260 per month for each soldier). The Piper left a 
"deserters/suicide" note on his neatly packed kit. In this 
note he bequeathed his bagpipes to none other than L/Cpl 
van Rensburg C.W. Everyone laughed when this was 
given in evidence at his subsequent Court Martial in 
Ndola. 

The above is a far cry from the Operations the 
serving members have been used to in the recent years. 
However the tranquil air of OPS as indicated from the 
Congo days still continued on our Border Control Com- 
mitments up to the late 60's, with the exception of the 
the odd 3-4 week operation. 

Continuing our look to the past, it is pertinent here 
to take a look at the first RLI Contact which took place 
back in 1966. The story is told by Lt Col T. G. Des- 
fountain. 

HQ 1 Cdo was based at Makuti with 1 Tp as 

reserve and the remaining Tps on border control. 

There was no op on at all and Int (SB) had no 

knowledge of any crossing. Just normal border control 

ops. 

Capt Dick Lockley was acting OC as Major Peter Rich 
was attending some rifle shoot or another (Presidents 
Medal?) 

Dick Lockley was bored and besides which I was 
constantly beating him at cards so he decided to send me 
out on a night patrol (!) — I ask you — . 

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25 



• FROM PAGE 25 

I was to take six men from my Tp (If I could find 
that many sober) and patrol from the old Nyakasanga 
Bridge down the old Nyakasanga road until we either got 
lost or we dropped from exhaustion. 

Bravely and innocently we set off. Cards, french 
letters, passports, 22 days rats each and a couple of 
rounds per weapon completed our preparations. We de- 
bussed at the old Nyakasanga Bridge where 2 Lt Garth 
Barrett's Tp was, theoretically, on ambush. They were 
all asleep. Feeling that our back-up was really secure we 
tottered off in something resembling file formation down 
the road. 

We moved very slowly because none of us could 
think very fast. We stopped every 200 yards or so to 
"look and listen". We looked dreadful so we kept on 
moving. 

At 2245, about 3 miles from our debuss point, we 
approached a large baobab tree on the left side of the 
road. Barely had the words "Dick (Lockley) you're a 
Prick" passed my lips for the 92nd time when I saw 
a dark mass of figures in front of me. They were about 
20 yards in front of me and partly obscured by the boabab 
tree. We went to ground on either side of the road and 
waited. Their leader shone a torch at me and I saw, 
vaguely, and heard, terrifyingly, rifles being removed 
from shoulders. 

Knowing there were no other SF in the area I con- 
cluded they could only be the enemy or Game Rangers. 
Thinking they were Game Rangers, we hated Game 
Rangers, I opened fire. 

A fairly mean fire fight took place with their green 
tracer going over our heads. On the Very light being fired 
(can you believe it?) the enemy ran into the thick Jesse 
on the side of the road. 

Leaving March and Foulds on the right side of the 
road to give us covering fire, I took the rest of the patrol 
in extended line searching the area between the road 
and the Jesse bush. The enemy commander had hidden 
behind the boabab tree and at about 10 yards opened 
fire with his AK. Boddington was hit in the arm and 
with great bravery and presence of mind we took cover 
amid shouts of "Dick you're a prick!" I shouted to 
Marsh to fire around the boabab tree and, when he 
stopped, we ran up. We found the leader, one other 
body, 2 x SKS rifles, an AK, a Bamboo Bazooka and six 
packs. I also stole a Tokarev pistol (subsequently returned 
to SB so that an SM man could have drinks on it for 
the rest of the war) a Tokarev holster and £42 cash. 

Having cleaned the area we returned to Barretts 
camp, woke up his ambush, told our war story and re- 
turned to Makuti camp. It was there that we told Dick 
Lockley that we hated him, hated SB and Game Rangers. 
Early the following morning Lt Tom Douglas and 
his troop followed up tracks of three while my troop 
followed separate tracks of a further three. Lt Tom 
Douglas found one of the enemy left for dead, with a bullet 
through the mouth. The impediment in his mouth made 
him sound like a cross between P. K. van der Byl and an 
Irish Grit. He was recovered to Kariba. The remaining five 
enemy were picked up at Kariba Township by SB within 
a week. This was only because SB were all on R & R in the 
Township at the time. 

As a result of this contact — the first — the follow- 
ing points of interest arose :- 

a. Because there was no 'State of Emergency' at the 
time the BSAP did not know how to go about prosecuting 
the captured enemy. 

I as the Tp Comd, was subpoenaed for murder and 
had to give evidence in Court to defend myself. This 
has got to be a first! 

b. We received shotguns, veld-schoen boots and 
camouflage denims shortly afterwards. Lt Col Walls was 



CO and the contact report and observations gave him 
the necessary "pull" to get these items off the production 
line. 



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Commando Notes.... 

What more can we say in this edition other than 
'Champion Commando'. With Mrs. Janet Smith having 
just presented us with the trophy, there is not an awful 
lot more to be written, is there? 

Throughout the Champion Commando Competitions 
the pace proved to be long, hotly contested and at times 
far too close. However, the Big Red finally surged ahead 
to a convincing win. 

Once again there have been numerous changes in the 
commando since our last contributions. Lt. Rick van 
Malsen BCR (Mrs. 'H"s favourite little twice) has left 
the battle of the bottle to go and count out extras up at 
Bn H.Q. Rick has recently taken over from John Dixon 
as Adjutant. Well done Rick — (for having a haircut 
that is). 

C.S.M. Studley Edwards has after much dedication 
left us for civvy street, Wankie we believe', to sort out a 
little unfinished work. Good luck C.S.M. and please take 
note of the difference in distance if a hot extraction is 
required. 

Promotions 

Congratulations to our new 2 I/C Capt Alan Gingles 
on his recent promotion. Alan is now busy learning the 
intricacies of the pocket calculator, and trying desperately 
to make friends with M H with a little help from Dale 
Carnegie's "How to win friends and influence people" and 
the odd box of chocolates. 

Dave Hosking (Pegleg) has recently been promoted 
to W02 and can be viewed gloating in the C.S.M. 's 
office. Well done Dave, you can put the 'loud hailer' 
away now. 

Big 'urn' Red Kerr is now wearing C/Sgt stripes and 
is busy learning how to write in the CQ store — keep 
at it Red, you're doing a great job. 

Miscellaneous 

The Cdo deployments over the election period were a 
trying time for everyone, and throughout the days of 
dramatic changes the command carried its difficult task 
with efficiency and tact. 

At Lake Mac the Big Red decided to teach the 
Battalion the 'proper' way to control a riot. The method 
was quite simple, we split each commando into the good 
and the bad guys and then encouraged them to beat the 
living daylights out of each other and conveniently as 
each faction finally closed in for the kill the Airforce 
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26 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 




ABOVE: Mrs. Janet Smith and the CO of RLI, Lt- Col Aust, at the presentation of trophies for the Inter- 
Commando Sporting and Military events. 



• FROM PAGE 26 

was at hand to pelt everyone with teargas. Thus the 
Battalion is now qualified to control any sudden influx 
of Irish tourists. 

Prior to the Battalion exercise, each commando had 
an opportunity to brush up on their own skills. Our 
training began with Norris and Grant leading half the 
Commando to its first objective with the OC complaining 
bitterly of the distance being covered. No one dared 
comment that he in fact was responsible for writing the 
blue, the pink and the white. 

To complete the Commando's re-thinking the OC 
introduced a lengthy initiative exercise which resulted in 
2 Lt Grant being the first officer ever to spend the night 
locked up in the Guardroom! 

The training culminated with all commandos being 
deployed in the Kariba area. The Colonel introduced a 
new idea in Battalion training. All were required to 
complete an SAS selection before being permitted to 
proceed to phase two of his scheme. One Commando's 
task was to enter the hostile environment of Kariba town 
and seize from the local militia one pair of lady's panties, 
the name of the prettiest girl in Kariba, conduct an inter- 
view with the local Mayor and produce two Crayfish 
from the lake. 

Under the astute leadership of Lt Norris, elements 
of one commando succeeded in sinking a boat worth 
$40 000 (someone's pride and joy). We then moved on 
to a lengthy period of preparation for the Commando 
Championships. (The Big Red did win.) 

Cowboy Party 

We had a most successful Western party with all 
dressed as Rivermen, Dudes and gamblers. The African 
band (hearts and minds campaign!) played extremely 
well until the local town drunk smashed their equipment. 
After the festivities Billy the Kid staged a daring robbery 
by which he succeeded in acquiring one commando's bar 
stock — Well done and thanks Billy. 



BELOW: A hug from The Big Red ... CSM Hosking does 
the honours after receiving the Dave Parker Cup for A & Q. 




OCTOBER 



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27 



1 TROOP 

Congratulations on promotion to Sgt. Hulley-Miller who 
now spends much time in and out of the RSM's office up 
at "Space HQ", also to Cpl "Cling" Burgess and L/Cpl 
Blanchard who moved to 3 troop just before leaving for 
civvy street. It was with great reluctance that the troop 
parted with Sammy Tombe and his radio after three years 
of faithful service from both. L/Cpl Robertson has also now 
decided to give civvy street a bash, cheers Legs and good 
luck. We can't really say farewell to 2 Lt (alias "Cpl") 
Walters, as he spends more time selling tyres around the 
commando than he does at work. It has also been heard 
in passing that he is returning later on in the year to work 
on the OC's ulcer. On a more serious note however, cheers 
Steve and thanks for much dedication to the troop. 

The troop welcomes "ex lover" Lt Charlie Norris, 
who besides forgetting to come to work on occasions, refuses 
to have a haircut for fear of fitting the senior NCO image. 
We have also been inundated with national servicemen 
recently and on a closing note must welcome 167 and 168. 

2 TROOP 

With the departure of the "Mad Irishman" Lt Gingles 
to be 2IC, Cpl Tim Lynam to become a Curio Salesman, 
L/Cpl "Fats" Norton and Tpr Dave Segan to countries 
afar and L/Cpl Pittaway to civvy street, the troop has been 
swamped by National Servicemen. L/Cpl Dave Barr now 
being the only surviving regular. 

The "New" 2 Troop under 2 Lt Keith "The Runner" 
Engelbrecht and L/Cpl Barr's guidance is getting off to a 
racing start. Dave Barr having set a fine example by 
putting in a touch of extra training. The Troopies have 
followed suit by being involved in the Inter-Commando 
Sports. 

Finally, farewell to all those members of 165 and 166 
who have left us — Good Luck in Civvy Street; and a 
welcome to those members of 167 and 168 as well as those 
members who saw the light and transferred from Guard 
Force. 



3 TROOP 

The troop has seen many new faces since the last time 
of writing, with 164, 165 and 166 leaving us. We welcome 
167, and see how long it is before they get stood down too. 
The troop still hasn't been able to get rid of the four 
Regulars; 2 Lt Grant, Sgt "Blondie" Leatham, L/Cpl 
Olivier and Tpr Hansen. We hope there are no hard 
feelings in the remainder of the commando after the inter- 
troop competition, but you guys must get your priorities 
right. As champion Troop we object to these first name 
terms! 

After Wankie the troop has had a problem getting 
things together with the crows, but our ex 3 troop members 
are going the whole hog — congratulations to Fraze, who 
we hear is getting married. We've said cheers to Rex 
Harding and L/Cpl Frazer since the last time of writing — 
as well as welcome and farewell to L/Cpl Blanchard who 
saw the light and joined 3 Troop. 

The new intake have been suitably initiated under the 
guidance of Sgt "Fingers" at the recent Gatooma visit; 
some having received their first battle scars in the heavy 
flak. Namely Hux — well, don't worry it's an improvement. 



On a serious note, it's cheers from the champion Troop 
— and good luck to all those ex 3 Troop members who will 
be in civvies in the near future. 

4 TROOP (F TROOP) 

The mighty, mighty 4 Troop has been striving for a new 
image of late, mostly improvements, getting rid of deadwood 
and replacing it with new blood. Thus we bid a teary-eyed 
goodbye to the likes of 2 Lt Wehlburg, now making a living, 
cruising the streets of Jo'burg on a shiny new Triumph 
motor-cycle, waving and making goo-goo eyes at the 
dollbybirds and driving into lamp-posts and kerbs. Which 
makes room for 2Lt Pelda (The Baron) who hails from 
Switzerland and seems to specialise in courses and advanced 
courses and general absenteeism. Hope to see you again 
soon, Sir. 

Cheers also to Sgt Paul Le Compt who leaves us with 
some of his eyes and anything else he didn't get caught with 
at the gate. Good luck Sarge, remember white is right. Also 
away (finally) is Cpl Tom High (Cherevous) fondly re- 
membered for his bright-eyed alertness and iron-willed tee 
totalling. Rumour has it that it was Cpl High's motorcycle 
seen executing cladestine drill manouvres on the parade 
square during the last commando party. (Not bad Tom, 
but the salute to the right was a bit off.) 

Al Strachan we all miss, mostly because his lovely 
untouchable sisters no longer grace our parties. Of course 
we miss you as well Al. Hope your new job works out and 
you sell lots of ice-cream. Of course we daren't forget 
(though we'd love to) Mike Brakespear, now rumoured to 
be doing musical screen tests for a guest spot in the Muppet 
Show, and a final farewell to Basil (Heavy) Marillier who 
looks to be the next Great White hope in the town of 
Gutu's bid for a new contender in the overweight division. 

Hello to 167 and 168 who try hard and carry the old 
fools well (L/Cpl Robinson and L/Cpl Kropp — "lost in 
Africa Kropp" and Ken Morgan — still won't leave). Sean 
Wyatts (The Ski-Doo Kid) has finally left for better hunting 
in R.S.A. 

So we welcome Baby Bok (Scrungy) Holloway who 
couldn't build a kia behind the Commando block to make 
himself more at home, so has to be happy with fires in the 
dustbin and pre-cooked mealies from the batmen. And 
Pietie (Goofball) Martin who it's rumoured subsidises his 
meagre income pressing his own pills and passing them off 
as smarties to L/Cpl Goofy Robb. 

Welcome to G . . . G . . . G . . . Gilly Gilmour (don't 
get excited Gilly) and Chris (Ingrid) Ashworth, who spends 
all his time over the fence (shaping we are told — nose 
and all!). Also Orgy Fleiner — he loves them and leaves 
them . . . the same colour as when he met them. Not to 
forget Vic Morrow Davies (10 years in 'Nam without a 
scratch!!) who leads every charge in The Showers and 
Steve (Scrungy) Barrie who rivals The Hells Angels as the 
nearest mother on his Moto Guzzi (Chop it, Steve, and 
chrome it and sell it — FAST!!). A special welcome to 
Barrie (Reaction Man) Crago who, Thank God, has pro- 
vided our parties with a new, beautiful (and equally un- 
touchable) sister. But we'll all keep trying. And last but 
not least (he'd like us all to believe) is Les (fists) Garrat 
who single handedly, most mornings, removes doggy-doo 
from the floors of the Gatooma room and seems to be 
aiming for an illustrious career as a janitor (if he ever sorts 
cut which end of the broom sweeps). 

THAT'S 4 TROOP. 



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OCTOBER 



1 COMMANDO OCs AND CSMs 



Officers Commanding 


CSMS 


A Coy 


A Coy 


Maj J_ Essex-Clark 


W02 Lachenicht, S. 


Maj A. L. C. McLean 


W02 Hannoway, R. 


1 Cdo 


1 Cdo 


Maj A. B. Campling 


W02 King, S. V. 


Maj P. S. Rich, DMM 


W02 Cooper, P. J. 


Maj T. M. Davidson 


W02 Tarr, R. O. 


Maj A. G. Micklesfield 


W02 Mould, M. 


Maj J. C. P. McVey 


W02 Springer, H. J. 


Maj D. G. Parker 


W02 Quixley, Q. W. 


Maj. A. K. Boyd- 
Sutherland 


W02 Jameson, J. A. 
W02 Pelser, A L. 


Maj R. E. H. Lockley, MLM 


W02 Antonevitch, B. V 


Maj R. M. Matkovich 


W02 Liversedge, D. G. 


Maj M. M C. Jaabeck, 


W02 Howard, R. L. 


dmm" 


W02 Stokes, D. M. 


Maj. F. R. Watts MLM 


W02 DeLaRue, E. J. 


Maj P. V. Farndell 


W02 Edwards, A. F. S. 


Maj I. Buttenshaw 


WQ2 Hosking, D. B. 




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THE RLI SCROLL 

The idea of introducing a scroll can be attributed to 
Captain John Dixon. As Adjutant of the Unit he suggested 
that members and ex members of the Regiment deserved 
a certificate of sorts certifying that they had given good 
service and had played their part in making the RLI what 
it was. The CO and RSM were in total agreement and 
sub-units were invited to contribute ideas on the format of 
the certificate. 

A number of suggestions were studied but for one reason 
or another were found to be unsatisfactory. In discussion it 
was eventually decided to produce a simple scroll certifying 
that the recipient had served in the Unit with distinction. 
In an effort to mirror the Unit's efficiency and pride it was 
further decided to incorporate three quotations which have 
earned a place of honour in the Regimental Traditions 
Book. 

. . . "They have the faces of boys but they fight like 
lions." These are the words of Platoon Warrant Officer 
Herod, 1 RAR, who was referring to the men of the RLI 
after being in action with elements of the Battalion in the 
Zambezi Valley on 18 March 1968. 

. . . "The Incredible Rhodesian Light Infantry." The 

Hon I. D. Smith toasted the Regiment thus on 1 February 
1968. This now famous phrase gave birth to the Unit's 
unofficial nickname, "The Incredibles". 

. . . "Thank God for the Rhodesian Light Infantry." 

Lt Gen Peter Walls, who commanded the Battalion from 1 
December 1964 to 18 June 1967 expressed pride in the Unit 
by using these words on the Regimental Birthday 1 Febru- 
ary, 1975. 

John Dixon, an artist of considerable talent, undertook 
to draw up a test copy for study by the CO. In no time at 
all he produced the handsome scroll which is now a proud 
possession of so many members and ex members of the 



Regiment. Each copy has been numbered and John Dixon 
retains the original, number 1. Number 2 was awarded to 
the CO and number 3 to the RSM. A scroll has been sent 
to the Next of Kin of the Fallen and a scroll has also been 
awarded to the civilian ladies of the Unit (in recognition of 
their work). 

NEW COLOURS 

The design for the New Colours for the 1RLI were 
approved by His Excellency, The President of Rhodesia, The 
Hon C. W. Dupont, GCLM, ID, during early 1971. They 
were scheduled to be presented to the Battalion in late 1972/- 
early 1973. As no money was forthcoming from Government 
for their manufacture, the Battalion decided to go ahead 
and produce them themselves. To this end Mrs. Mealing 
was given the job of producing them. She completed them 
in July this year and they were displayed for the first time 
to the Battalion on 8 August 1980. 

These will never be official colours as they have never 
been consecrated or, officially presented. However they will 
hang with other Battalion mementos in the New Museum. 

QUEEN'S COLOURS 

On 15 July 1963 The Colours were approved by Her 
Majesty the Queen from drawings produced by the College 
of Arms, London. The Colours were presented on behalf of 
the Queen to the Regiment on 19 June 1965 by His excel- 
lency the Governor of Rhodesia, Sir Humphrey Gibbs, 
KCMG, OBE. 

The Colours of the RLI are unique amongst all Regi- 
ments that have served the British Monarch, in having a 
wreath of Flame Lilies surrounding the Regimental Crest 
instead of the traditional wreath of roses and thistles. 

The Queen's Colour has not been carried at any Parade 
since 1 April 1970 following the declaration of the Republic 
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Maj A. Shaw, OC 2 Commando 



THE LAST CONTACT 



It was a cold overcast day. By 1815 the morning routine 
was over. 

At 0930 the siren began to wail. Major P. A. D. Hean 
gave his briefing. Somewhere in the North of the Bakasa 
TTL there had been a contact. C/S 31 (of Engineers) was 
pinned down by 100 enemy and they could not move. Stops 
1, 2, 3, 4 took off straight away. Stop 5 was delayed because 
their chopper had engine trouble. 

So with Major Hean in the K Kar we flew to the scene. 
No contact was made and after six hours of sweeping and 
following spoor the Commando called it a day. 

Maj Hean headed back to Mangula with Stops 4 and 5 
whilst Stops 1, 2, 3 were left on the ground to await uplift. 
The choppers arrived and Stops 1, 2 and 3 were uplifted. 

Whilst routing back to Mangula Sgt Clayton, Stop 2 was 
looking out of his helicopter and to his surprise he saw 
approximately 10-18 of the enemy sitting in a kraal. Sgt 
Clayton indicated to the pilot who immediately went into 
an orbit, the enemy bombshelled. Sgt Clayton was dropped 
near the kraal. Stop 3 (Cpl Shipton) was dropped in a 
gully to the south and Stop 1 (Lt Macintyre) was dropped 
in a gully to the east. 

On being dropped Sgt Clayton immediately swept 
through the kraal from west to east and killed two in 
some thick bush. He then swept down a gulley which ran 
south east. The K Kar with Major Hean then returned. 
Stop 1 (Lt Macintyre) was told to sweep up into the kraal. 
On the way up and just outside the kraal Stop 1 killed one 
enemy. Stop 1 then instituted a search of the surrounding 
area and a substantial amount of ammunition was found in 
the area of the kraal. 

At this stage Stops 4 and 5 (L/Cpls Tapsell and Van 



Zyl) were dropped and joined Stop 1. Stops 4 and 5 swept 
west into some thick bush, the result - Stop 5 killed two of the 
enemy just outside the kraal, a short way further on Stop 4 
killed another and then 20 seconds later Stop 4 scored its 
second success of the day. 

The K Kar spotted a man running into a hut and fired 
into the roof of the rondavel setting it alight, one more dead 
and another weapon recovered (rather burnt). 

Stop 1 in the meantime had another contact with two 
of the enemy, killed them both after a bit of a joust. 

Stop 2 then swept up to join Stop 1,4, 5 at the kraal 
and then a final sweep was made down the gulley to the 
south towards Stop 3. One more was killed by Stop 1. 

The final tally: 11 enemy killed, 9 AKs and two SKs 
recovered, and all done in one-and-a-half hours. 

COMMANDO NOTES 

HQ 

In the past four months major promotion and appoint- 
ments have taken place in the Commando. 

Most notably in the HQ element. 

Major Shaw has now taken over the appointment of OC 
of the Commando in place of Major Hean. 

Captain Macintyre is appointed Commando 2IC and 
W02 Uys is CSM of the Commando due to the resignation 
of CSM Dave Firth in April. 

Congratulations to Major Shaw, Captain Macintyre and 
CSM Uys on their promotions. 

• CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



35 



• FROM PAGE 35 

Good luck to Major Hean and GSM Firth and we wish 
them well in their endeavours in civvy street. 

HQ has expanded rapidly in a short time due to the 
arrival of C/Sgt Pearson as CQ and Tpr Smith, G. D. as 
CQ assistant due to C/Sgt Pearson's "blunt personality" 
the GQ stores were immaculate in no time at all. 

New arrivals are Trp Dredge and Trp Mathieu (deputy 
dog) whose claim to fame is that he holds the Commando's 
record for the number of times any man has gone AWOL 
during one month. 

Trp Walsh was attached to HQ from 6TP and became 
the Commando's canteen manager "Parabottle". 

Special mention and commendation goes to Tpr Booth 
who with unstinting devotion to duty walked side by side 
with the OC during the Battalion exercise held in June this 
year. 

The 2IC is now known as Captain "Straight away" 
Maclntyre and the OC as Major "Well ... on that one" 
Shaw. 

6 TROOP 

Since the last Cheetah was issued, 6 Troop, like the 
whole Commando, has changed drastically. The few re- 
maining regulars in the troop surely miss the witticism of 
Lt Maclntyre — now promoted to Captain — who has 
left the troop to take up the appointment of the Com- 
mando 2IC, or the singing of Sgt Van den Bosch at 0600 
hours every hungover morning, who has left the Army and 
defected to racist South Africa to carry on his trade as an 
electrician in his home town. These last few months have 
seen the departure of 165 NS, the 163 "six-month wonders" 
and many regulars. But thanks to the arrival of 167 NS, the 
troop has more or less kept up its strength. Also a warm 
welcome to Lt Wiggle and Cpl Pearson, who were both 
formerly from Training Troop, with Lt Wiggle fresh from 
a School of Infantry POC course. We sincerely hope their 
stay with us will be a pleasant one, if not, then an interest- 
ing one. 

7 TROOP 

First of all the troop would like to extend its congratu- 
lations to their new troop commander, 2 Lt Godwin, who 
has just joined the last troop in the Commando. Welcome 
LCpl Lazell as our new troop 'Sergeant who has now found 
greener pastures in 7 Troop, we hope his stay is a pleasant 
one. We welcome 167 and hope they live up to 7 troop 
rigorous standards; enter the bar first and leave it last. In 
this aspect many have shone. 

Congratulations to all the steely eyed paratroopers; bad 
luck Piet de Kock on hurting yourself on your night jump, 
happy limping. 

It is with regret we say goodbye to all the 165 ouens 
and .all the old timers L/Cpl Tapsell, Tprs Mahn, Wilkens, 
Kelly, Hutton, who served the troop so well; good luck in 
civvy street gents. We also wish Impi Katzman well, and it 
is great to see him out of hospital, hope we will see you at 
the Commando some time. 

Note 6, 8 and 10 troops that 7 Troop excelled in the 
Commando during the recent competition; having seven 
members in 'the drill squad, five in the cross country team, 
six out of eight in the tug-o-war team and all the heavies 
who represented the Commando at rugby. Finally to Trevor 
Nelson, who ran so well in the approach march after being 
press ganged the day before, well done. It is obvious we 
are the hardest working troop, even with Ed sleeping 
through most of his barrack room duties. 

Last, but not least, to our oldest member of the Troop, 
Henry Crowe, please we beg you to stop beating up 
civilians and to cease forthwith head butting the railings. 



8 TROOP 

From the time the last edition of the Cheetah, there 
has been a complete change over of personnel in the troop. 
First we welcome the new troop boss 2 Lt Rob McLennan, 
fresh from Hooters, the acting Troop Sarge L/Cpl Kiwi 
Voight, who saw the light and left 10 troop to join us and 
last but not least all the new 167 and 168 troopies, far too 
numerous to mention, welcome to 8 troop. 

We say cheers to the following regulars, who have left 
the troop in the last few months: L/Cpls Traun, Van Zyl 
and Murray, and Troopers Brauren, Metcalf, Paton and 
Van der Merwe, good luck wherever you may be. We won't 
forget to say cheers to the 165 troopies nor the TA mem- 
bers who were with us over the elections, thanks for your 
time, ouens. 

Once again 8 Troop proved they were the backbone of 
the Commando by yet again winning the inter-troop 
competition comfortably. We've also got the most para 
trained men in the Commando, nearly three quarters of the 
troop. Congratulations to the new meatbombs, Mr 
McLennan, Troopers Page, Gowans, Gutridge, Dickenson, 
Bremner, Waring and Dugmore. The exercises to Inyanga 
and Kariba proved that we could all be reasonable 
soldiers, with a bit of time and patience. Well done to all 
those 8 Troop troopies who took part in the inter com- 
mando championships, pity the rest of the Commando let 
us down. 

All that's left to say is that the 2IC is chuffed with 
8 Troop, if it wasn't for us the bar profits wouldn't look 
so good, CHEERS! 

10 TROOP 

To start off with we would like to say cheers to the 
following members of the elite, who could not fight the 
call of civvy street any. more: Lt Fabes Forbes, L/Cpl 
James Behman, Tprs Mylroe, Crincovic, Young, Morgan, 
Falconer, Hall and Cpl Mike Shipton who went on "leave" 
to Slopeland and never returned. We wish you the best 
of luck for the future. 

Welcome to the following lucky members from Intakes 
167 and 168 who joined us over the last couple of months: 
Tprs Ingram, Levino, King, Low-Smith, Kristionson, 
Dickens, Van der Heyde, Horner, Leid and Nicolle. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish L/Cpl 
Jimmy Devenish and Roslyn best of luck on their engage- 
ment. 

During the last Intertroop championships 10 Troop set 
a new record by coming last once again. We'll drink to that! 
Never fear fans it is not the end of the world. 

We showed our fighting spirit at Inyanga on the endur- 
ance march by completing the whole march with only one 
casavac who shall remain nameless. 

Tpr Dallas Falconer had a serious mishap halfway up 
World's View and had to leave a certain item of underwear 
behind. Maybe next time you will put your sterilizing 
tablets in your water. 

Rumour has it that Steve Ingram has found his dream 
chick. According to the rumour she is Priscilla or better 
known as Miss Piggy junior. Oh well you know that old 
saying: "Love is Blind". 

INTER COMMANDO CHAMPIONSHIPS 

After five weeks of blood, sweat, swearing, cursing, 
training and drinking The Big Blue finally managed a 
fourth place. The fact, three other commandos just pipped 
us and we didn't pip anyone, the truth of the matter is 
that we enjoyed ourselves, the commando spirit has never 
been so high, the commando sales of spirit has never been 
so high. Never before in the history of Championships has 
2 Commando looked so good! 

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36 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



• FROM PAGE 36 

At this stage it is time to congratulate our volley ball 
team which under Captain Macintyre won the volley ball 
competition after a Herculean effort. The final game be- 
tween 2 and 3 commandos with the score level at one all in 
games and 2 Commando 7-13 down looked impossible and 
then Ed Eckard, Paul Harley and the rest of the team 
pulled thumb out of bum and came back to win 15-14 and 
the Inter Commando Volley Ball trophy. Next came the 
Inter Commando 'Drill competition and "Big Lou" Thack- 
wray was briefed to entertain the examiners in the Bar. This 



he did so well that even after Horner who was obviously 
thinking about sitting in the corner with a pie, decided that 
he wanted to be the right hand marker regardless of the 
fact that he was in the middle of the squad, the judges still 
gave us the competition. Congratulations "ouens". 

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate 
2Lt Roy Goodwin's rugby team on getting so close to the 
rest of the Commandos, WELL DONE CHAPS all is not 
lost we are still the best Commando in the Battalion. 

Congratulations to the Little Pink on winning the cham- 
pionships, as much as I hate to say it, you deserved it. 



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'THE TROOPIE" 



He stood erect and proud. 
Was unveiled before the crowd, 
Representing what could not be said, 
A memorial to the brave and dead. 

A symbol of courage for all to see, 
A salute to soldierswhosesouls fly free, 
The pride of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, 
The man of bronze, the immortal "Troopie". 

He weathered sun and wind and rain, 
He suffered not, he felt no pain, 
Standing at ease and looking ahead, 
He saw not the tears we shed. 

A symbol of courage for all to see, 
A salute to soldierswhosesouls fly free, 
The pride of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, 
The man of bronze, the immortal "Troopie". 

Where he stood is now an empty space, 
Nothing else could ever take his place, 
Yet he lives on in each and every heart, 
In the lives of which he was a part. 

Gone is the symbol of courage for all to see, 
A salute to soldierswhosesouls fly free, 
Gone is the pride of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, 
Gone is the man of bronze, the immortal "Troopie". 



by Mrs. Jenny Ayling. 



38 CHEETAH OCTOBER 



lOVfftf., 





LAST 
OF THE 




Major Don Price, BCR, OC 3 Commando. 



GREAT LOVERS 



Well, the closing is drawing nigh and it wouldn't really 
be right to close the "book" without giving a brief run- 
down on how it all looked at the end — sketch of the LAST 
LOVERS and possibly a few laughs on them! 

The present OC Major Don Price moves into 2 IC of 
the Battalion for his last month having served exactly one 
year with the "lovers". His berth is taken up by Captain 
Rick Passaportis who joined us during the closing stages of 
the Inter-Commando Competition and who, very aptly, 
acquitted himself in the athletics and the rugby. 

As Commando 2 IC we find Captain Bobby Harrison 
who, just to show that there was no hard feelings about the 
Admin trophy took the Best Subbie award — great stuff 
Bob. 

We can't, of course, forget "Skydde Rowe"! Lt Arthur 
Kegal who joined us as a TA and then saw the light was 
an instant success as a "lover". His smoothness and charm 
of the fairer sex (great in number) reminded some of us 
of the Dawson's and Snelgars or maybe it was the greatest 
lover of them all — Hugh Rowley! Arthur, however does 
not only excell in that type of sport, but has shown he is 
in a class of his own by winning for the last time the '"Sports- 
man of the Year" award. 

— An ex-OC made the strong comment that he was 
chuffed as although we didn't win the Champion Cdo 
(again) we quite definitely had more trophies than anyone 
else! 



Lt Rod Ellison, a new-comer, with a strange accent has 
taken over "Legs Eleven". 

2Lt "Boerie" Hume now graduated from MAG gunner 
to Tp Commander follows Arthur closely and with a name 
like "Boerie" doesn't do too badly off the scraps. Apparently 
BOAC scratched her way past him back to Pongolia!! 
Careful Boerie, as that airline lands in many places! 
(Rumour has it he's changing his name shortly to Vienna!) 
Our CSM is W02 Mervyn Bramwell (an escaped Bird) 
who has gone from strength to strength — when the Cdo 
won the inter-Cdo rugby competition, Mervyn who was so 
excited and also, by the way, a little oiled ran across 
and gave the Boss a warm "smacker" of a kiss, just to show 
how chuffed he was! 

The CQ post is filled by Sgt Dipped-de-doo-da, Basil, the 
peep Dippenaar who, although he doesn't know too much 
about it, in the normal Basil fashion is hanging it in and 
looking after the show with little notices pinned on the 
Board for the Troopies like "lawn-drie Thursdays!" 

The Sgts are varied in shape and size and range from 
the heavies with their BCR's Sgt Charlie Warren and Sgt 
"Flex" Theo Nel to Sgt Tom Argyle (our most competent 

• CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



39 



'LOVERS' SAY FAREWELL 



• FROM PAGE 39 

mechanic) to Sgt Frankie Neave, fresh back from his leave 
in the UK. 

The Cpls are few and far between, but run as follows: 

Cpl Clark, K. D. (KD); Cpl Holmes, N.A. (Budgie); 
Cpl Oosthuizen, K. C.(Oujo); Cpl Orylski, M J. (Miss 
Piggie); L/Cpl Chadwick, D. F. G. (Dallas); L/Cpl Wanliss, 
B. (Mad Dog); L/Cpl Kotze, T. J. (KOTZ); L/Cpl Dabbs, 
P. H. D. (Paul); L/Cpl Gates, F. P. (Fred). 

Finally the "ouens" in alphabetical order: 

Troopers: Ball, A. E.; Brindley, A; Buswell, A.; De 
Lange, D.; Ferreira, J.; Grobbler, P.; Hardwich, W.; 
McEwan, D.; Rupping, H.; Hogan, R.; Holtzhausen, J. 
Nashers Abrey, C; Aitken, M.; Bennet, S.; Bowker, S.; 
Cannon, R.; Cunningham, M.; Dyshmanitch, V.; Emmerson, 
C; Goelst, W.; Grey, R.; Hart, C; Hobbs, C; Hughes, E.; 
Kileff, A.; Koen, L.; Longhurst, D.; Oberholzer, J.; Par- 
tridge, J.; Partridge, M.; Reid, T.; Seager, R.; Searson, T.; 
Smit, E.; Stopforth, M.; Storry, P.; Swanepoel, K.; Watson, 
L.; Webster, C; Wood, P. 

The "lads", as the "ouens" of the lovers have always, 
since Al Tourle's day, been referred to, are a great bunch 
and I guess always have been. They have maintained the 
highest morale to the end and are by far the happiest and 
most loyal of the hoods. 

In closing it would only be right to share with you the 
words of L/Cpl Butch Fourie's song, the "Lovers Lament". 



LOVERS LAMENT 

(Sung to the Mull of Kintyre) 

Far have I travelled, 

On land and through sky, 

Dark are the mountains the valleys are green 

And oh our colours fly higher than high, 

We are the men of the RLI. 

CHORUS 

R.L.I. You fought for your country, 

To see them survive was all that was needed, 

Oh R.L.I. 

Now one lay wounded, 

He's so far from home, 

And all the Troopies they pray for his soul, 

And as life leaves him, 

He sees a heavenly choir, 

Then they carry him back to RL.I. 

CHORUS 

R.L.I. You fought for your country, 

To see them survive was all that was needed, 

Oh R.L.I. 

Now as they give your country away, 

Fear not my brother, there will come one more day, 

When we'll be called to give our last fight, 

For we are men of the green and white. 



CHORUS 

R.L.I. You fought for your country, 

To see them survive was all that was needed, 

Oh R.L.I. 

To all those who have given loyal service to the Lovers 
and the Battalion, a very many thanks and good luck to 
you all in your new ventures, wherever you may go. 



lOVCftf., 





THE FLAGS OF 3 COMMANDO 

The Commando Flag. 

The current 3 Commando 
flag as shown in the drawing is a rampant yellow banana 
on a green background with the number 3 superimposed 
over it. The Green has always been the Commando colour 
and as such has been representative of the many years the 
Commando has spent on operations in the bush. Green, as 
one of the many colours found in the Zambezi Valley and 
other parts of the country is a reminder to all that the 
dreaded "Lovers" are also very much a force to be reckoned 
with and symbolises the veld. In addition, all 3 Commando 
sporting teams have worn the green jerseys and the "green 
machine" has on many occasions overwhelmed all before it, 
and won the champion sporting trophy more than any other 
sub unit. The number 3 on the flag is self-explanatory but 
the banana needs a bit more of an explanation. During 
operation Cauldron in 1968 the Commando had at that 
stage no flag. It was during this period that the O.C., Major 
Hugh Rowley, decided to introduce such an emblem. The 
Commando at that stage had seen no action and was some- 
what lacking on the "kill rate" chart. Nicknamed "the 
lovers" (mainly through the reputation of the O.C), much 
in demand from the Salisbury "crows", the 2 I.C., Captain 
Spike Powell and Lieutenant Chris Pearce, decided that a 
banana might fit the bill! Thus, Captain Spike Powell's wife, 
Beth, made the first 3 Commando Flag, and the "lovers" 
became reality. Needless to say, after Operation Cauldron, 
the Commando came away with the highest kill rate and 
became the champion commando shortly afterwards. The 
flag fluttered outside the commando block to the envy of all! 
• CONTINUED ON PAGE 41 



40 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



11 TROOP FLAG 

Once the Commando Flag 
came into existence, it was 
now the troops who decided 
to make their own. 11 
Troop or "Legs Eleven" as 
they are called, have as 
their flag a pair of feminine 
legs, depicted on a green 
background. This flag was 
invented during the age of 
the mini-skirt, and the O.C. 
of the Troop, Lieutenant 
John Dawson, lived up to 
the 3 Commando motto 
"the lovers", when his fav- 
ourite weekend pastime in 
Salisbury was to park in the 
busy centre and scrutinise 
the limbs of the fairer sex, 
as they passed by. 

12 TROOP FLAG 

12 Troop captured the first 
of the 'Russian flags, found 
inside the country in 1968. 
This prize was imme- 
diately turned into the 
Troop Flag and has re- 
mained so ever since. 

13 TROOP FLAG 

The first Canberra bombing 
in support of ground forces 
on Operation Cauldron 
took place when 13 Troop 
contacted a large group of 
the enemy in the Zambezi 
Valley and air support was 
called for. The Canberra 
bombing run, with due re- 
spect to the Blues was "off 
target as usual", and many 
of the bombs landed in and 
amongst 13 Troop on the 
ground. Fortunately no 
serious casualties were 
taken, but the bombs de- 
picted on the Troop Flag 
are a reminder to all of the 
incident and in particular 
to 5 Squadron! 



• FROM PAGE 40 




TROOP 




\Z TROOP 




TRjOOP 



14 TROOP FLAG \* TRoop 



Always the naughty boys of 
the Commando, the troop 
had during the time of the 
"flag craze" a most noto- 
rious poacher as their O.C. 
For his sake he shall 
remain nameless. In every 
instance, 14 Troop just 
managed to avoid being 
caught, even though they 
arrived back in Salisbury 
with half the kudo popula- 
tion's horns tied to their 
vehicles. Thus the poachers 
were given their name and 
the flag tells the rest. 




P 0/tCHZ& 



Below is a short critique of the officers who have com- 
manded 3 Commando since the inception of the Battalion 
as a Commando Unit. 

Major B. Conn, M.L.M. 1.1.194-30.1.1964 

Major Conn continued as the Officer Commanding 3 
Commando from the days when the Battalion was still made 
up of rifle companies. D Company which Major Conn was 
Commanding became known as 3 Commando and he saw its 
inception before moving on as 2 ic of the (Battalion at the 
end of January 1964. 

Major H. St. J. Rowley, M.L.M. 1.2.1964 - 31.3.1968 

Major Rowley assumed command of 3 Commando as a 
captain. He commanded the sub-unit through its first major 
operation, that of Operation Cauldron. In addition the 
Commando twice won the Commando championship, and 
became known as the "Lovers". 

Major R. Southey. 1.4.1968 - 1.9.1968 

During Major Southey's short tour as the O.C, the 
Commando were involved in both Operations Griffin and 
Excess, during which time the sub-unit accounted for the 
vast majority of enemy killed. 

Major G. A. Lloyd. 2.9.1968-1.2.1970 

During Major Lloyd's period in the Commando no 
operations of any magnitude were launched by the enemy, 
and the Commando spent the majority of its time on border 
control operations. 

Major B. Barrett-Hamilton. 2.2.1970-28.2.1971 

The period that Major Barrett-Hamilton assumed 
office saw the Commando still deployed on extensive border 
control operations, and training, which was to prove of 
great benefit later on. 

Major R. E. M. Tarr. 1.3.1971 -31.3.1973 

This period saw the Commando being launched into 
Operation Hurricane, when the enemy pursued a new 
tactic, and attacked the de Borchgrave homestead in the 
Centenary farming area on 23.12.1972. 

Major D. Lambert. 15.4.1973 - 31.5.1976 

The Commando took part in nearly all the major opera- 
tions within the country during this period and achieved 
a tremendous kill rate. The fire-force concept came into 
being, in which 3 Commando played an important role, and 
were deployed at various stages throughout the country. 

Major J. T. Strong, M.L.M., B.C.R. 1.6.1976 - 25.12.1977 

The Commando continued during this period playing 
its role in the fire-force, and the first parachutists were 
trained at New Sarum. This proved a great draw, and by 
the end of 1977 all personnel had been trained, in addition 
the Commando became champion Commando once more. 

Major I. Buttenshaw. 26.12.1977 - 30.4.1978 

Unfortunately 'Major Buttenshaw only commanded for 
a short while, due to an injury sustained whilst on parachute 
training. In the meantime the Commando were still de- 
ployed continuously on operations. 

Major B. M. Snelgar, S.C.R. 1.5.1978-5.9.1979 

During Major Snelgar's period the Commando con- 
tinued to achieve a very high degree of professionalism and 
achieved major successes on operations. Major Bruce Snel- 
gar was tragically killed in an aircraft accident on 5th 
September 1979, and was posthumously awarded the S.C.R. 

Major D. H. Price, b.c.r. 7.9.1979-30.8.1980 

This period saw the cessation of hostilities and the 
Commando returned to barracks after a long and arduous 
war, having been deployed continuously on operations and 
border control since 1966. The Commando won the Cham- 
pion Sporting Commando award in August 1980. 

Captain R. J. A. Passaportis, B.C.R. 30.8.1980-30.9.1980 

This period saw the closing down of the Battalion ending 
off with dining-in nights, parties and finally a parade. 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



41 



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I sat at the dreaded desk and wondered about 
two things, first, does the country know what it 
owes to the RLI and secondly, what will be the ver- 
dict of history on our Regiment? My answer to the 
first question is "I doubt it". Sure, they know that 
where the going is toughest that's where you'll 
find the RLI, but perhaps they don't understand 
fully what that means. However, in regard to the 
second question I'd say, "One day they will know 
what they owe the RLI" — for my bet is that history 
will say that the RLI troopie was the equal, if not 
the peer, of the British "para", the American 
"marine", the German "stormtrooper", or Napo- 
leon's "imperial Guard". I will always be proud to 
say, "1 was one of them Ouens". 



. . An extract from a Christmas message published in Cheetah last year from 

Major General A. N. O. Macintyre. OLM, DCD. 



42 



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OCTOBER 




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Major M. Wake of Support Commando 



^OUNG ELITE' 



Support Commando is the "youngest" Commando in the 
Battalion and was officially formed on the 6th January 1976 
when Support Group was expanded to a full size Commando. 

The Commando now consists of a Headquarters and four 
Troops: namely The 81 mm Mortar Troop, The Assault 
Pioneer Troop, The Reconnaissance Troop and The Anti 
Tank Troop. 

The Commando is directly responsible to the Command- 
ing Officer for providing the Battalion with supporting fire 
and specialist resources in both Classical War and COIN. 
However, during COIN operations it normally fulfils the 
roles of a standard Infantry Commando. 

On the break-up of the Central Africa Federation in 
December 1963, the Battalion Support Weapons and Special- 
ist Platoons were all operating as independent Platoons, 
under command of Headquarter Company (now Base 
Group). During 1964 the Rhodesian Light Infantry was 
reformed as a Commando Battalion, and as a result it was 
decided to group the Support Weapons into one Group. 
Consequently on 1 January 1965 Support Group was offi- 
cially formed under Captain Tony Stephens as the OC, with 
Colour Sergeant Henry Birkett, who had been the driving 
force behind forming the original Mortar Platoon, as Group 
C Sgt (Support Groups equivalent at that time to a CSM). 

Support Group comprised two troops, the Reconnaissance 
Troop and Mortar Troop. The Reconnaissance Troop con- 
sisted of 9 Ferret Scout Cars that had originated from the 
Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment (Selous Scouts) which 
had been disbanded on 14 December 1963. At that time 4 
cars were sent to 1 RLI, 4 to 1 RAR and the remaining 2 



to Army Workshops. On the formation of Support Croup 
1 RAR sent their 4 to RLI which arrived at the end of 
January 1965 and Army Workshops gave up one, giving 
Support Group two sections of 4 Ferrets plus 1 for the Troop 
Commander. Whilst the Recce Troop started to sort out 
their Ferrets, which were in a poor state of repair after a 
year of neglect, the Mortar Troop commenced their training. 
The Mortar Troop of Federation days had virtually collapsed 
at the break-up, so on 17 February 1965, the then Com- 
manding Officer, Lt Col. G. P. Walls, MBE allocated 25 
troops of all ranks to Mortar Troop and sent them to the 
School of Infantry to train. Lt D. Pullar who was then at 
the School was officially posted to Support Group as 2IC 
Mortar Group Commander, and tasked with training these 
troops. The Mortar Course finished on 15 April 1965 and 
the personnel returned to Salisbury. Thus, by the end of 
April 1965 Support Group properly became a united entity 
rather than two separate troops. The organisation at that 
stage was as follows: 

a. Headquarters 

OC (Recce TpComd). 
2IC (Mortar Troop Comd). 
Group Colour Sergeant (CQMS). 
3 x Clerks (Storemen). 

b. Recce Troop 

2 x Sgts. 

8 x Cpls. 

12 x L Cpls/Tprs. 

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c. Mortar Troop 

3 x Sgts. 

6 x Cpls. 

24 x LCpl/Tprs. 
During 1965 Support Group asked to be issued Stag- 
hound Armoured Cars for interest training, a request that 
was refused. However, on 9 November 1965, OC Support 
Group was summoned to the CO, who had Army HQ on the 
line asking how many trained Staghound personnel in 
■Support Group. At that time there were two, Capt Stephens 
and Sgt Tony Riley plus the 2IC Base Group Capt Peter 
Jackson. As UDI was pending, members of Recce Troop 
underwent a couple of hours of crash Staghound Training. 
The Staghounds at this stage had already been condemned 
and all the Radio Equipment, leads etc. had been cut-out 
with bolt cutters, just to add to the problems. Eventually 
the bulk of Recce Troop with two Staghounds, driven by 
Capt Stephens and Sg. Riley set course for Kariba at 2200 
hours on 9 November 1965 with orders to be at Kariba by 
0530 hours on 10 November. Their task was to escort Air 
Force and Radio vehicles which were continually breaking 
down. This was further aggravated by the fact that all the 
brake linkage on the OC's Staghound collapsed. Holding 14 
tons of Armoured Car on the road ceased to be a joke, 
consequently Tpr Paddy Ryan became the OC's braking 
system and sat the whole journey on the back of the Stag- 
hound armed with two chunks of concrete which he placed 
behind the wheels every time the convoy stopped. The 
Staghound saga did not end here, the Staghounds were 
issued with 6 rounds of solid AP shot each, the ammo boxes 
that these came in were marked "FORT WORTH TEXAS, 
1941". 

Shortly after UDI it was decided to test the Gun on 
Kariba Range. The gun fired alright but the breach pro- 
tector sheared off through metal fatigue. This was probably 
the last 37 mm round fired in Rhodesia. On the return to 
Salisbury Support Group kept 5 Staghounds, as an addi- 
tional troop until early 1966 when they were handed back 
to Army HQ. 

Support Group continued on a two Troop organisation, 
participating in most of the major operations, until 1972 
when Tracking Troop was incorporated as part of the Group. 
Tracking Troop was originally formed as an independent 
troop towards the end of 1971. It was administratively 
controlled by Base Group, and had tracker teams attached 
to the various Commandos for operations. This arrangement 
proved unsatisfactory and in June 1972 Tracking Troop 
became an integral part of Support Group forming the 
third troop. 

In October 1972 the Battalion received the first con- 
signment of 60mm Hotchkiss Brandt Mortars, which were 
intended to become the Infantry Commando's Mortar 
Sections. However, because of the lack of mortar training 
in the Commandos they were eventually given to Support 
Group. Following the arrival of more mortars a 60 mm 
Mortar Troop was formed in mid 1974, although through 
lack of personnel this broke up and when required the 
60 mm mortars were manned by personnel from the 81 mm 
Mortar Troop. 

With the reformation of the Rhodesian Armoured Car 
Regiment in 1973, Recce Troop, who were at the time 
deployed operationally with their Ferret Scout Cars, started 
to lose personnel and eventually their Ferrets to the new 
unit. The Ferret Scout Cars were gradually withdrawn, as 
they were released from operations, commencing in Novem- 
ber 1973, the last car leaving Support Group on 22 January 
1974. The remaining personnel in Recce Troop were 
absorbed into the Mortar and Tracking Troops and Recce 
Troop officially disbanded. 




***** 



Support Group by mid 1975 had two Troops, namely a 
Combined 81 /60 mm Mortar Troop and a Tracking Troop, 
which for COIN Operations were broken down into three 
callsigns, 81, 82 and 83. It was at this time that Major Pat 
Armstrong came onto the scene, and commenced agitation 
to have Support Croup reformed as a proper Support Com- 
mando. His efforts were finally rewarded and Support Com- 
mando was eventually officially formed on 6 January 1976. 
Army HQ signal G 19 dated 060840B Jan was the official 
authorisation of this. 

Being now a fully fledged Support Commando, internal 
reorganisation took place. The 81 mm and 60 mm Mortars 
split and became two separate troops. The Tracking Troop 
was renamed Reconnaissance Troop, and given extra roles 
in addition to just purely tracking. Towards the end of 1976 
an Anti-Tank Troop was formed in anticipation of the 
arrival of the new anti-tank weapons. Until the first of 
the new anti-tank weapons arrived in April 1977, the Anti- 
Tank Troop was equipped with 3,5 (88 mm) Rocket 
Launchers, although they underwent training courses on the 
new weapon. 

In January/February 1977 it was decided that as the 
60 mm Mortars were primarily a Commando Support 
Weapon they should be returned to the Commandos. This 
was duly done, the Commandos providing the personnel and 
Support Commando continuing to provide the training. 
This move threw up 60 mm Mortar Troop personnel who 
now had no weapons to operate with. Thus in February 
1977 an Assault Pioneer Troop was formed to add an 
additional Support Troop to the Battalion. This new Troop 
underwent Combat Engineer Training and was eventually 
operationally effective in September 1977. Consequently by 
the end of 1977, Support Commando comprised the follow- 
ing: 

a. Mortar Troop. 

b. Assault Pioneer Troop. 

c. Reconnaissance Troop. 

d. Anti-Tank Troop. 

e. 60 mm Mortar Troop (which is split up and 
attached a section to each Commando). 

During 1977 the RLI became an Airborne Commando 
Battalion, and Parachute Training commenced. Support 
Commando's first 24 men were trained in March 1977 as 
Parachutists. Also during late 1977 three 60 mm Mortars 
were given back to Support Commando for use on COIN 
operations. These are manned by members of the Mortar 
Troop when required. 

THE TROOPS 

MORTAR TROOP 

The Troop is equipped with 81 mm Long Barrel Mortars, 
and comprises Three Sections of two mortars each. Each 
section consists of a Section Commander (Sergeant), a 
Section 2IC (Corporal), a Section NCO (Corporal), 6 
Mortar Numbers and 2 drivers. The Troop is commanded 
by a Lieutenant or 2nd Lieutenant with a Colour Sergeant 
as the Troop Second in Command. 

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44 



CHEETAH 



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• FROM PAGE 44 

The present Troop originated from the 3 inch Mortar 
Platoon, which started its Mortar Training under 2 Lt R. J. 
Davie and Sgt Harry Birkett in March 1961. On completion 
of its training in May 1961, it officially became recognised 
as the Battalion's Mortar Platoon. The Mortar Platoon 
changed its name to Mortar Troop when the Battalion 
changed its role to a Commando Battalion in 1964 and was 
incorporated as part of Support Group. Its original 3 inch 
Mortars were changed for 81 mm Short Barrel just prior to 
the break-up of the Federation which in turn were changed 
for 81 mm Mortar Long Barrel in early 1968. 

ASSAULT PIONEER TROOP 

The Assault Pioneer Troop is designed to provide the 
Battalion with a Combat Engineering capability, in the form 
of demolitions, booby traps, mine lifting and laying etc. 
The Troop is presently organised into a Headquarters and 
Three Sections, and is commanded by a Lieutenant or 2nd 
Lieutenant with a WO 2 as 21C. 

The Assault Pioneer Troop is the newest Troop in the 
Commando, formed in February 1977, as the concept of 
having Assault Pioneer Troops/Platoons as an integral part 
of a Battalion fell away with the break-up of Federa- 
tion in December 1963. The RLI lasthad an Assault Pioneer 
Platoon between 1961 and 1963. The Platoon was formed 
in No 1 Training Unit in Bulawayo, in January 1961 and 
was then commanded by Cpl Tony Poole. It was used in 
those days for demonstration trench digging etc. Its First 
Platoon Commander was WO 2 Dougie Baalf. The Platoon 
was disbanded in December 1963. 

RECONNAISANCE TROOP 

The Reconnaissance Troop is organised to fulfil two 
functions. In Classical War it provides the CO with his 
own Recce capability, separate from any Army/Brigade 
Recce effort. In COIN it is organised to provide the Bat- 
talion with both Trackers and Recce Teams. It has also 
members trained as Snipers. 

The present Recce Troop has originated from two Troops. 
The original Recce Troop formed in 1965 was equipped 
with nine Ferret Scout Cars which were handed over to the 
Rhodesian Armour Car Regiment in 1974. Consequently 
this Troop then ceased to exist, the members of it being 
absorbed into Mortar and Tracking Troops. Tracking Troop, 
who absorbed the bulk of the former Recce Troop person- 
nel was renamed the Reconnaissance Troop, when Support 
Group became a fully fledged Commando in January 1976. 
The reason for this renaming was that additional Recce 
roles were given to Tracking Troop thus making it more 
of a Recce Troop than a Specialist Tracking Troop. 

ANTI-TANK TROOP 

The Anti-Tank Troop comprises a Headquarters and 3 
Sections, each with two anti-tank guns. The Troop is com- 
manded by a Captain with a WO 2 as 2IC and each section 
is commanded by a Sergeant. 

The Anti-Tank Troop was formed in late 1976 by Maj 
Armstrong in anticipation of the arrival of the new Anti- 
Tank Weapons It was initially equipped with 3,5 (88 mm) 
Rocket Launchers. However, until the arrival of the new 
anti-tank guns the members of the Troop attended courses 
so that on arrival of the guns the Troop was prepared for 
them. 

The first two guns arrived in April 1977 and the remain- 
ing four in September 1977. The Troop is therefore now 
fully equipped with six guns on specially modified Rodef 25 
vehicles. 

THE COMMANDO FLAG 
From the inception of Support Group in January 1965, 
until its deployment on Op SABLE, no flag had been in 
existence. The idea of a flag was first discussed on Op 
SABLE between the then OC, Capt Ron Reid-Daly, Lt 



Steve Carey (not Sp Gp then, but an ex-member), Lt Ian 
Buttenshaw (the 2IC), Charlie Krause and Frank Ricardo. 

In 1973 whilst on Op Hurricane, it was decided that the 
flag would be an eagle, symbolising the recce element of the 
sub-unit (Ferrets were then being used), holding in its claws 
a mortar bomb. Below the eagle would be the words "The 
Elite" as an indication of the Specialist Roles the Com- 
mando was called upon to carry out. 

It was at this time that Capt Reid-Daly relinquished 
command of Support Group to Capt Graham Noble, who 
then instructed Lt Ian Buttenshaw to have a flag made. 
Lt Ian Buttenshaw tasked his girl friend's sister Anne 
Martyn, with making the first flag; a German Eagle in 
Black on a White background which was duly presented to 
Support Group on his posting. The flag was raised the same 
day by Capt Noble on the Base Group flag post, much to 
the displeasure of CSM "Rockjaw" Kirrane. 

This flag remained in Support Group until mid-1975 
when Maj Pat Armstrong assumed command. His enquiries 
as to its whereabouts, after his takeover, resulted in months 
of fruitless search. As a result, in January 1976, a new flag 
was ordered when Support Group became Support Com- 
mando. The Commando was given Yellow as its colour, and 
the QM ordered a flag through Army HQ. As Army HQ 
had not produced the flag one year after the order had been 
placed, the Commando purchased its own in January 
1977, and the Commando Badge was dyed on. The flag as 
it is today is made up of a Black Eagle on a yellow back- 
ground, holding in one talon an 81 Mortar Bomb and in the 
other a telescope, symbolising the Recce Role. The Eagle 
having been adopted as the Commando emblem, as opposed 
to the Recce Troop one. 

'The original Support Group Flag was eventually 
located and now hangs in the Foyer of the Support Com- 
mando Pub. 

THE COMMANDO MASCOT 

Until January 1976 Support Commando had no mascot. 
In that month Colonel T. M. Davidson then Deputy Com- 
mander 2 Brigade at Bindura presented the Commando 
with a Wahlberg Eagle as a Mascot. The Eagle was in 
keeping with the Commando Flag whose main motif is an 
Eagle. This Eagle was never given a name, and was un- 
fortunately lost by Capt Pete Farndell at Grand Reef in 
April 1976. 

Having lost the Eagle, Capt Farndell was tasked with 
replacing it. In August 1976 he duly acquired an African 
Hawk Eagle chick from the Guinea Fowl Area which was 
adopted as the Official Commando Mascot and duly named 
"HENRY", and Henry abused the trust of his keeper L/Cpl 
Andre Macdonald, and escaped, October 1979. 

THE COMMANDO PUB 

'With the pending transformation of Support Group 
into Support Commando, Support Group became a separate 
administrative entity, and in December 1975 moved out of 
Base Group into a "tin hut" as its Headquarters behind 
Base Group Block. At the same time half of the Base Group 
Block was bricked off, making Support Group completely 
separate from Base Group. 

To give the Commando its own integral Drinking/ 
Recreational facilities it was decided to build a Bar and 
Lounge in two of the bottom floor Barrack Rooms. This was 
started in February 1976 and thanks to the sterling efforts 
of Pat Armstrong was completed in late September 1976. 
It was officially opened in October 1976 and comprises a 
Bar, Lounge, Verandah and a Foyer which houses the Com- 
mando Photos, Trophies etc. 

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CHEETAH 



45 




IIGHT 



• FROM PAGE 45 

OFFICERS COMMANDING 

(Up to July 1980) 
SUPPORT GROUP 

Capt A. P. Stephens January 1965 to March 1968 

Capt W. B. Rooken-Smith March 1968 to November 1969 
Capt R. F. Reid-Daly, November 1969 to May 1973 

DMM, MBE 

Capt G. J. T. Noble May 1973 to November 1974 

Capt N. B. Morgan-Davies November 1974 to June 1975 
Maj P. W. Armstrong June 1975 to January 1976 



January 1976 to May 1977 



SUPPORT COMMANDO 
Maj P. W. Armstrong, 

OLM 

Maj N. D. Henson May 1977 to November 1979 

OLM 

Maj P. V. Farndell December 1979-April 1980 

Maj M. C. Wake May 1980 

SECONDS-IN-COMMAND 

(Up to July 1980) 
SUPPORT GROUP 



LtD. I. Pullar 

Lt I. R. Bate 

Lt J. D. Des Fountain 

Lt P. H. S. Mincher 

Lt S. C. Cary 

Lt I Buttenshaw 

Lt K. C. Noble 

Lt P. V. Farndell 

Capt N. B. Morgan-Davies 

Capt P. V. Farndell 



February 1965 to August 1967 
August 1967 to January 1968 
February 1968 to August 1969 
August 1969 to July 1970 
July 1970 to May 1972 
May 1972 to July 1973 
July 1973 to January 1974 
January 1974 to June 1975 
June 1975 to August 1975 
August 1975 to January 1976 



SUPPORT COMMANDO 

Capt P. V. Farndell January 1976 to September 1977 

Capt I. Buttenshaw September 1977 to December 1977 

Lt A. B. Shaw January 1978 to February 1979 

Lt V. Prinsloo February 1979 to July 1979 

Capt G D. B. Murdoch August 1980 



COMMANDO SERGEANT MAJORS 

(Up to July 1980) 
SUPPORT GROUP 
WO 2 Pretorius, J. A. 
WO 2 Payne, P. C. A. 



October 1972 to April 1975 
April 1975 to January 1976 



SUPPORT COMMANDO 
WO 2 Payne, P. C. A. 
WO 2 Enslin, G N., 

DMM 

WO 2 Croucamp, D. W., 

BCR 

WO 2 Naested, J. 



January 1976 to April 1978 
April 1978 to April 1980 

May 1980 to June 1980 

July 1980 



COMMANDO 
NOTES 



Welcomes 

We welcomed Major Martin Wake from Kariba as OC 
in May. The increase in Bar takings generally and Tequila 
and Lemon in particular, is purely coincidental. Ex mortars, 
ex anti-tanks, shooting King W02 John Naested is back — 
as CSM. Lt Mike Roussow is also back, commissioned and 
in-charge of the mortars C/Sgt Dutch de Klerk, another 
refugee is back as CQMS and L/Cpl Dave Gaston is our 
new long suffering Commando clerk. We also welcome 
large numbers of the last two intakes. 

Farewells 

Too numerous to mention all — except in the little made 
Troop Commanders notes. HQ personnel moving on include 
two CSMs — Log Enslin and Dennis Croukamp, BCR. 
Mices Moore (ex Arms Storeman — some claim he just 
moved his store elsewhere and it's business as usual) left bird, 
car and debts in a pub (back in a moment dear) and hasn't 
been seen since. Sgt Wayne McGregor is still paying out 
troopies elsewhere. He hasn't recouped from running into 
the 2IC at breakfast — remotest Transkei. Major Farndell 
is selling trucks in Natal. Chris Myers, ex CQMS is growing 
veg for the masses. Dronkie Theron is somewhere in Apart- 
heid South Africa. 

Congrats to ex CSM Log Enslin on his marriage to 
Audrey and the 2IC to Anne. 

Events 

Since the ceasefire a certain amount of lifestyle adjust- 
ment has taken place eased by some entertaining manoeuvres 
and the Champion Commando extravaganza — first (but 
equal) Champion Military Commando again. 

MORTAR TROOP 

First of all Mortar Troop would like to say welcome to 
our new troop officer, Lt Mike Roussow. "Dad" congratu- 
lations on your promotion. 

We'd also like to say hello and goodbye!! to our new 
regular foreigners. C/Sgt Mathews and Tprs De Jong, 
Gilmour and Mallon who defected to the west after a short 
stay. 

Also hello to 167 most of whom are still here at the time 
of writing. 

Well done to the other troops of Support Commando on 
their energetic participation in the Cdo Sports. Also thanks 
to One Commando for their donations to our troop drinking. 

Congratulations to L/Cpls Dickens, Reed and Sligo on 
their recent promotions. 

Troop News. November Tango Romeo. 

Everyone had a thoroughly relaxing holiday during the 
Battalion exercise at Kariba. We enjoyed our booze cruise 
whilst the other Commandos were removed to be on some 
sort of nature ramble through the Matusadona Mountains. 

Also enjoyed our (realistic) shoot during the Battalion 
attack on an enemy camp — "take cover". Would also like to 
send get well greetings to those concerned in 3 Cdo. (Mortar 
Troop 3; 3 Cdo Nil.) 

We'd like to welcome back Tpr Macrae after his stay 
in RP's, also farewell to Tpr Joubert — the first RP to 
make a successful break from the Box. 



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OCTOBER 



ANTI TANK TROOP 

Well as with everyone else 73 has taken a blow and said 
cheers to many a good member, too numerous to mention 
but I'd like to say thanks to Bob Beech, Nick Eatwell and 
Bindy Chilvers for their support to the troop before becom- 
ing (povos). For all you others may you find what turns you 
on and good luck. 

"Cousin It" has now graduated from living in chimneys 
to taking up abode in 106 Barrels so watch the back blast 
for a mobile dayglow patch. Enjoy your leave. Pops Walsh 
having successfully wrecked a 2,5 is now hobbling around 
with a malignant glare in his eyes waiting to catch the 
next 2,5 with intent. 

Dan Herrington declared his own private war with 
smoke grenades. Ask him about it and you too could be 
dragged away by the MPs. 

"Dwings" our one and only was last seen eating all the 
paper work in the hogs store before leaving the Army to 
try and dig a gold mine. 

For all you guys who went AWOL we didn't need you 
anyway. May your B . . . . Burst. 

Van, hope you are enjoying your stay in the Box, ever 
thought of asking to move in permanently now that you 
have been there so often? 

RECCE TROOP 

Who is there behind the door? It's 74! 

Well the time has come to take the lid off the Recce 
Troop activities and let everyone in on a few of our trade 
secrets. 

Having suitably conned everone in the Battalion into 
believing that Recce Troop were hard at work in the 
months leading up to the . . . ("ssh! — you know what!"). 
We have now spent the time since trying to convince people 
that we still exist — which we don't. Well now you know. 

Yes, the last few months have seen the dreaded run-out 
disease take its toll on the "heavies". We bade a fond fare- 
well to a large number of our elite team namely: W02 
Croucamp, BCR — to whom we wish the best of luck, "keep 
on tracking"; Sgts Hodgson, BCR and Hutchinson — looking 
forward to seeing you on your next external!; Cpls Gribbin, 
Klose and more recently Firkin (of Woody's and Bruce's 
second-hand car firm fame) — all the best, many thanks; 
Cpl Parker — a special mention, hoping he will get us a 
job in the States; and Troopers Beast Basson (last seen 
heading for that great freak show in the sky or Amsterdam 
or somewhere), Paddy Windrum, who went mad so we 
shot him, Andy Ingram, Frenchy "what is thees sheet?" 
Tarquin and Dean Shelley, our local rep in that suicide 
battallion, in you know where (a clue — somewhere north 
of Antarctica and south of the Med.). Let us not forget Bob 
Kejick who is on a long tour, long range recce task in 
Canada, and although long overdue promises to be back 
— don't hold your breath. 

On a happier note the Troop welcomed Sgt Braunswick 
from 2 Cdo, who was due to take over 3 section — never- 
mind Tony it's not your fault, no need to change your 
deodorant. Also congratulations to Troopers Lamb, Faasen 
and Gaudet on becoming Lance Jacks — it was one way 
of solving my Troopie problem — promoting all of them! 
Also on the credit side — Neil Faasen has finally quali- 
fied as a steely-eyed paratrooper and Steve Liversedge (our 
very own sperm whale), has qualified as a class three diver. 
I left the farewells to Steve until now so that I didn't lower 
the tone of these notes too much by mentioning him twice, 
anyway cheers Steve all the best, here's hoping our comms 
with the QM are still as good! 

Anyway, enough's enough, must end before I burst into 
tears, take the gap or run out of paper, whichever comes 
first. 

ASSAULT PIONEER TROOP 

Live in the dive with 75. 
Once again we extend our greetings to those lesser 



"plebs" who serve in other troops and sundry organisations. 

Since the last issue peace has broken out and our finely 
honed killer instincts have been channelled into other 
slightly less salubrious pursuits. 

In early May we welcomed elements of Intake 167 and 
sent some of them on an Assault/ Pioneer course where they 
allegedly proceeded, in true RLI fashion, to borrow, on a 
more or less permanent basis, most of 2 Bde Engrs UET. 
Wide eyed with innocence all of the course members disclaim 
any knowledge of this attempt at grand larceny — naturally! 
In early June after much snivelling and whining we 
managed to get a diving course off the ground (or should 
it be in the water?). Bearing in mind that the weather was 
cold enough to freeze the nuts off a Peruvian Llama and 
despite the fact that we coated our blue bodies with whale 
blubber and evicted the polar bears from the pool only five 
out of 20 survived the course. They will now be going on to 
do the Advanced underwater knife-fighting, karate and tea- 
brewing course. Our thanks go to Inspector Donaldson 
(BSAP) and his assistants for running the course. 

Other sundry events in the life of the troop: 

a. 'The Troop Commander has been banned from making 
any "loud noises/bangs/detonations of junior nuclear war- 
heads" within a 5 km radius of the OC and his dog. 

b. We welcomed 168 to the troop and are glad to see they 
all had the good taste to come to this outfit rather than the 
pea-shooters or drop-short shurangos. 

c. Cpl Smith and Tprs Simion, Howden, McGlinchey, 
Edwards and Hemmings went AWOL, virtually en masse, 
having hired a mini-bus in which they weaved their way to 
Beitbridge. Our thanks go to them for leaving more money 
in the coffers for the rest of us but could I please have my 
troop store back! Also missing is L/Cpl Freel who went 
AWOL somewhere between Training Troop and Support 
Commando . - we haven't bothered to send out a search 
party. 

d. Congratulations go to L/Cpl Grant on attaining execu- 
tive status in the Commando. 

Along with everyone else we have the unpleasant duty 
of saying cheers to a number of exceptionally good members. 

a. C/Sgt Stew Taylor (alias the Mad Bomber or Kachasu 
King). We wish him all the best in his future employment 
assuming he finds one, and are already missing his services, 
and half the troop explosives. 

b. Cpl "Nude-Nut" Meyer who decided Army pay was not 
sufficient to sustain his alcohol requirements and so has 
gone to "sunnier climes". So Nude was a troop stalwart 
both socially and on ops. We'll miss his presence and shiny 
bald patch a lot. 

c. L/Cpl Dave "The Pervert" Jeffries. Thanks for your 
time and hard work. By the way the new boys (lovely aren't 
they Dave?) are chuffed they can now shower safely and 
even drop the soap without worrying. 

d. Cpl John "Le Pouffe" Caffin. Cheers Frenchie, we hope 
you'll enjoy your new job and are pleased that there's not 
so much competition for the rest of us "smooth ouens" any 
more. 

e. L/Cpl Rob Follett-Smith, who has gone to practice his 
golf somewhere. Long may your swing improve and keep 
your balls out of the rough stuff. 

f. We also say cheers to a sundry mob of perverts, coke- 
snorters, ugly-pill eaters, murderers, rapists, idiots and 
moronic barbarians, namely Titch Morgan, Ryks, Robby 
Roy Terestone, Tony Tydings and "Harold" Wilson. Thanks 
we'll miss the somewhat different "tone" you lent the 
establishment. 

As this is the last edition of Cheetah, I would like to 
thank all those men (Regulars, NS and TA) too numerous 
to mention by name, who passed through the troop during 
my time here for their time and efforts. I certainly enjoyed 
myself and it was mainly due to the tremendous spirit and 
high calibre of the guys who served there that the troop was, 
and still is the best in the Commandos. 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



47 



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Sitting: Sgt D. Taylor (Regimental Accounts); Sgt J. Maidment (Signals Troop). 



48 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



A SOUND 
BASE FOR 
A CRACK 
BATTALION 



The praises of the RLI will be sounded for a long time 
to come. No doubt there will be fierce argument as to the 
superiority of each Commando in battle, in competition and 
in drinking ability. It is probable, however, that few will 
remember the vital contribution made to the Battalion by 
the least glamorous element — Base Group. It is worth 
noting that the amazing success of the RLI would not have 
been possible without the cohesive and administrative 
abilities of the members of this back-up Commando. 

Base Group has come a long way from those early days 
when its responsibilities of MT, Hospital, Administration, 
Welfare, Signals, Camp Routine and meals fell under the 
umbrella of Support Group. When the support element was 
detached to form a new Commando, the elements above were 
combined with Battalion Headquarters under the adminis- 
trative umbrella of Base Group, which then grew into the 
largest of any of the Battalion elements, with its own charac- 
teristics and quirks. 

The job of running a unit such as Base Group, without 
major hitches, could never be described as simple. When one 
considers that the majority of its members were not willing 
volunteers and were likely to need a fair amount of 
"settling-in" time to adjust to the rather different way of 
life to that in any of the conventional Commandos, the 
enormity of the task may be appreciated. To this end much 
credit must be given to the late Major N. E. Powell, MBE 
who himself became something of a legend during his incum- 
bence as OC Base Group. His example, wit and tempera- 
ment helped him to steer Base Group through many difficul- 
ties and served to mould the unit into an efficient arm of the 
Battalion. Major "Spike" will be remembered long after 
Base Group has been forgotten. 

The spirit engendered within Base Group was highlighted 
by the decision to put the sub-unit on a money-making 
footing! This prompted the purchase of custom-made T- 
shirts, mugs and plaques for re-sale. Unfortunately this same 
spirit was evident in some cases where certain of these items 
disappeared! Nevertheless, a remark made by past CO, 
then, Lt Col Peter Rich, summed up, the attitudes of Base 
Group members — "A fine Battalion, spoilt only by the 
Commandos". This impression has been preserved on a T- 
shirt, if any RLI T-shirt can be preserved! and has been 
the cause of a fair amount of inter-unit rivalry, possibly a 
case of the truth hurting . . . 




Major C. de Vries, OC Base Group 

When the Battalion flag is lowered for the last time, all 
past differences will be forgotten; the question of superiority 
will no longer be as important to members, past and 
present, of Base Group or any of the Commandos. There 
will only be a great sadness and one important thought — 
we all belong to the RLI and that is more important than 
anything else. I wonder if any other unit can be so rightly 
proud. 

BASE GROUP NOTES 

It is that time of the year again when we at Base 
Group are given a chance to establish ourselves firmly 
in literary circles, with a mind warping account, of the 
horrific Base Group occurrences, that the commandos 
could never match. 

Having whetted the appetite of our more literate 
reader with that totally ridiculous introductory paragraph, 
we now get down to a far more mundane topic, namely 
Base Group personalities. 

Major De Vries is holding "councilling" sessions at 
10.30 every week, with monotonous regularity, his "prob- 
lem children" never 'fail to come away from one of these 
sessions well chastised, sadder and wiser. Unfortunately 
this condition soon wears off and another session is usually 
called for, with some members, no names mentioned, this 
state of affairs becomes almost a weekly routine. The 
little darlings will never learn. Major de Vries however 
seems to take it all in his stride and copes admirably with 
the problem. 

With such qualities of leadership, that are an inspira- 
tion to all, it is no wonder that Capt Don Atkinson can 
justifiably shine in reflected glory. It is said that behind 
every successful man there are two alsatian dogs, this is 
surely true in Don's case; one can visit Don at any time 
of day and be assured of sitting in a chair, festooned 
with dog hair on top of a cheap kaffir blanket, equally 
festooned with dog hair, surrounded by two huge dodgy 
looking hounds and fearfully inhaling deeply the pleasant 
aroma of half decayed meat and dog saliva, if you value 
your jugular it is wise not to be too antagonistic in Don's 
presence, Don can often be seen on dark evenings scouring 
Braeside with his huge hounds looking for small children 
and small animals to exercise his dogs' jaws on. 

W02 Lou Thackwray, that impeccable military 
machine, is finally, thank God, leaving us, it appears that 
• CONTINUED ON PAGE 50 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



49 



• FROM PAGE 49 

Lou is tired of the "tame" bars around here. Recently 
a farewell was held for Lou, unlimited booze, beautiful 
girls, hundreds of fans, it was a huge success, Lou didn't 
come, he was patronising a seedy bar in Gwelo at the 
time. We will all be sorry to see you go Lou, particularly 
the poor blokes in DB they were hoping you would be 
around when they came back. Don't forget to leave a 
forwarding address, so we all know where not to go. We 
hope your wife is good to you and the beer is better. 

Having recently broken off his second consecutive 
engagement C/Sgt Van der Westhuizen is now on the 
lookout for any available RWS member willing and able 
to fill the very demanding position of fiance to C/Sgt 
CQMS Base Gp, to qualify for this extremely dangerous 
position, prospective applicants should be single, however 
previous experience is a must, and should be willing 
to work unusual hours. Applications are to be made in 
quadruplicate and are to be forwarded to reach CQMS 
Base Group before next payday. 

Our present Orderly Room staff are both miserable 
incompetents and deserve no mention whatsoever, our 
Arms Storeman is AWOL and manages his job in a far 
more competent manner. Seriously though Troopers Raw- 
ston, Sonnekus and Thomas are all doing a sterling job, 
going all out to procure "JONG WE" medals for them. 

It will have become apparent by now, even to our 
thickest member, that Training Troop, having completed 
training the men of Intake 167, has "disbanded" and have 
been incorporated into Base Group. Sgt Ernie Botha is 
steadfastly hanging it in there with four not-so-willing 
troopies. 

In a more serious vein the OC, Officers, NCOs and 
men of Base Group wish the rest of the Battalion happi- 
ness and a sound future. 



SIGNALS TROOP 

As per the CO's instructions Sigs Tp is still HANGING 
IT IN, HANGING IT IN, HANGING IT IN, HANGING 
IT IN . . . 

Unfortunately the previous RSO stole the limelight, 
publishing the Troop history, so a mere token appearance 
is forth COMING. 

To make it worse, the Elections resulted in the loss of 
69%/ of the Tp, including Sgt Gillmore, Cpl Van Wyk and 
other potential "War Heroes". This has not stopped us from 
hanging it in, with the arrival of SPEEDO KNOBEL and 
the new intake 167/Guard Force. 

With the arrival of the new RSO, a 100% stock check 
was carried out not once but twice a week without much 
joy being seen through the cloud of hasty dust left by the 
old RSO. 

Congratulations must go to SPEEDO on gaining his 
second shiny little pip, "SLUT" SLATER on gaining his 
NODDY BADGE, "BEANO" MAIDMENT who has put 
on more WEIGHT since getting her 3rd stripe and "Jenny 
Mac" who has started chasing "the Boys" since gaining her 
1st stripe. Our CB fanatic Packy took over the Troop Store 
much to his horror but is making a fortune on the "BLACK 
MARKET" under the beady eye of Cpl Torok who returns 
to prowl in our area, complete with scars and tatoos. 

Morale was very high on the last bush deployment due 
to the lads being able to get in a bit of fishing with the 
absence of the dreaded 60 ft Mast. In fact things went 
extremely well with the RSO cuffing it back in bright lights 
on para-courses. 

The new Sigs Tp building, situated near the radio room, 
though cleaner and a little more organised has not done 
much for troop morale, as .now the ouens are further away 
from their pits, and are now suffering from "SUN SPOTS". 

Here we say farewell to the Tp 2IC W02 Slater and 
L/Cpl Johnson, both of whom leave us in September despite 
pleas and bribes they kept the money. We wish them 
good luck in CIVVY STREET, and hope the "Bucks come 
pouring in". 

A final cheers from Sigs to CSM L. R. Thackwray 
(Lou) who leaves Base Group wallowing in the hands of 
W02 Slater. Good Luck "Big Lou". 





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BASE GROUP 




BACK ROW: Tpr Buckley, S. A.; Cpl Velben, V.; L/Cpl Bronkhurst, P.; L/cpl WrathaJ, J. P. T.; Tpr Dnimmond, C; Tpr Millard, P. W.; Tpr Wilson, R. G.; 
Tpr Sonnekus, P. C; Tpr Bayes, K.; Tpr Rawstome, H.; Tpr Werth, K. E.; Tpr Flanagan, G.J Tpr Marson, D.; Tpr Bates, R.; Tpr Bauer, G J.; L/Cpl Paxton, 
M.; L/Cpl Morgan, M.; Tpr Davids, I. 

MIDDLE ROW: Tpi" Dean, A, N.; L/Cpl Sonnekus, D. A.; Cpl H/ul, G. D. H.; L/Cpl Breese, P. B.; Tpr McMaster, R. C; L/Cpl Cloete, P.; Sgt Smith, A. D.; 
Sgt Hawtrev, R. G.; C/Sgt van der Westhuizen, J.; Sgt Greebe, R. C; Sgt Botha, E.; Sgt Turner, C. E.; L/Cpl Johnson, G.; Tpr Blackboard, R.; Cpl Strivens, 
D.; Tpr George, A. L.; Tpr Baillie, J. 

SEATED: Cpl Odendaal, R.; W02 Bardell, M.; W02 Slater, M.; Lt G. J- A. Coutte; Capt D, P. Atkinson; Maj C H. Webster; Maj C. L. de Vries; Capt M. R. 
Longuet-Higgins; Lt P. B. Knobcl; WOI T. E. Serfontein; W02 Anthers, B. D.; S/Sgt Mantia, F. M.; L/Cpl Melver, J. A. G. 

FRONT ROW: Tpr Griffiths, L. R.; Tpr Bushell, N,; Tpr Rose, P.; Tpr Claasens, D.; Tpr Meintjies, P. J.; Tpr Hoarau, D.; Tpr Reynolds, D,; Tpr Faaff, D.; 
L/Cpl Bothnia, M. C. H.; Tpr Thomas, D.; L/Cpl Barron, K.; Cpl Robinson, I.L.; Tpr van Loggenburg. W r .; 




1ST BATTALION THE RHODESIAN LIGHT INFANTRY 
QUARTERMASTER'S STORE 1980 




C. G, s. MACPKEDSON t CO. 



Standing : 

Cpl. SAWYER, A., CpL REYNOLDS, M. J., UCpl. GRACE. X. B„ Sift. HAYES, P., L/Cpl, HIGH, A„ Tpr. CIFFORD, A., Set. LOTTERINC, E. 

Scaled : 

Mrs. A. P. HARRISON, Set. RAS, C. J., W.O. i A YUNG, R.C.J. (RQMS) Lt. D. G. UVEHSEDGE «JM), W.O. 2 LEWIS, R. B. (HQMS). Sgt. FRIER, M. R. Bgt. LUCAS, K. W. 



52 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



Q' FORCE 



This being our first, and sadly the last, contribution 
to the Cheetah, we feel compelled to allow the Battalion 
a brief glimpse at what we, in the "Q" Stores, are faced 
with in every day to day hassles/routines. Hence we have 
headed our first chapter thus: 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF: 

The Quarter Master (Lt D. G. Liversedge) 

1. Complaints Department - "Good morning" "Oh. 

hello Mrs ", "No sorry Mrs " "Well you 

see Mrs '" "Oh, you mean their dogs '" 

"Well, it's not really my department Mrs " 

"Can you phone the R.S.M., Mrs " "Okay. 

we will see what we can do. Bye." 

2. "Hello Sir", "No, Sir, we don't issue Jet Master's 
(Fire Places Portable)", "No, Sir, not even for the 

CO's caravan, Sir". 

3. "Hello Mrs " "Sorry, what was that about the 

noise in the flats?" "Oh, you mean at 0330 Hrs" 

'Well, it's not really our department." "Who did you 
say you saw streaking along the corridors?" "Oh, 
well, I'll see if I can sort it out " 

4. "Hello" "No, Cpl, we don't issue ribbon and 

wrapping paper" 

So, you see, if "The People" would only channel 
their Doggy/Marriage/Personal/Drinking problems to the 
right man. the QM would not be going prematurely grey, 
nor would he be indenting for a set of "Straps Shoulder 
World Carrying", for the use of, either. 

Seriously though, the QM handles the above minor 
hassles as well as he handles the "Q" for the Battalion. 
The Commandos can vouch for that. 

The RQMS (W02 Lewis R.B.) 

la. Looks hassled/overworked 

lb. Isn't really 

2a. Looks confused 

2b. Is completely 

3. In Tray — Piled high 

4. Waste Paper Basket — overflowing 

5. Out Tray — empty 

The "Q" Storemen (Workers) 

CSgt C. Ras; Sgt's Hayes, Frier, Lucas, Lottering; Cpl's 
McKeith, Reynolds; Tpr Pickard: 

1. Handle all queries with confidence and willingness. 

2. Collect and issue stores promptly and efficiently. 

3. Never "winge" about duties, or overtime for audit 
checks. 

4. On constant lookout for "111 Doers" (carry over from 
the recent "Are you a Waster" campaign). 

5. Get the job done; are the backbone of "Q" set up. 

FAREWELLS 

We have recently said Goodbye to the following: 
W02 Reg Ayling — (RQMS until 1st May 1980) 

Reg put in a lot of hard work during his stay as the 
RQ, and the Quartermaster and staff would like to record 
their appreciation for the good work done. We wish him 
well in the land of "Mines" and "Mine Dumps". 

Mrs. Ann Harrison (Typist-Mother) 

Without her, the QM Stores would not have func- 
tioned at its high standard. And that is a fact. Ann has 
always worked with such cheerfulness, that it has been a 
pleasure to have her as one of the Team. We once again 
record our appreciation, and wish her and Ralph the 
very best in South Africa. 



Sgt Mike Frier (New Clothing Storeman) 

Mike has maintained a standard that has been both 
a pride unto himself and the QM. He, in his time, has 
been a credit to the Team. Cheers Mike, and good luck 
with the Canning Industry. 

Sgt Tom Sawyer (Part Worn Clothing Storeman) 

We wish Tom all the best as the Arms Storeman for 
Support Commando and thank him for all his hard work 
during his stay with us. A loss to us, but a gain to 
Support Commando. Cheers Tom, keep up the good 
work shown here. 

LCpl's Adrian High, Kevin Grace and Tpr Piccy Gifford 
(Storemen Assistants) 

Our thanks blokes for your creditable service and best 
wishes in Civvi Street. 

WELCOME 

We welcome to the "Best Team": 

Cpl Wave McKeith - Part Worn 

LCpl Karen Puzey - Typist 

Tpr Junior Pickard - Expendables 

May your stay with us be pleasant and rewarding. 

MARRIAGE 

Congratulations to Sgt Jock Hayes and his lovely wife 
Trish. May the future be bright and full, and all your 
troubles be small ones. 

TRIBUTE 

The Quartermaster and RQ would like to pay tribute 
to the wives of the " Q " staff, who in the past have put 
up with the absence of their husbands, who have either 
been deployed on Ops, or have done extra duties, and in 
some cases spent several weekends preparing for Audits. 
Thank you all for accepting with grace the unavoidable 
absence of your husbands. 

HEARD IN PASSING 

1. RQ for Tpr Gifford: Piccy, confirm you are jacked 
up with Battalion Traditions and Personalities. 
Gifford: Yes, Sir. 

RQ (after several questions on Traditions): Piccy, 

who is the Battalion Mascot? 

Gifford (after some serious thought): The R.S.M. Sir. 

2. Chris Ras is on first name terms with 2 i/c Base 
Group. Although the Base Group 2 i/c objects most 
strongly to being called "Betty", Chris will persist. 
(See Chris for the full story). 

TRUE OR FALSE 

1. The QM pranged his car twice in one month. 

2. Ken Lucas comes to work with bleary red eyes and 
goes through 500 Panadol tables in one month - 
because he is overworked ! ! 

3. The QM staff were issued their Independence Medal's 
before anyone else. 

4. The QM is an arm of Base Group. 

5. The QM staff are going to get the new G.S.M. 
before anyone else. 

CONCLUSION 

We conclude our notes by wishing all those members 
who are leaving the Battalion. Good luck and good 
hunting. 

We also congratulate 1 Commando on being Cham- 
pion Commando. Well done! 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



53 



HONOURS and AWARDS 



Number 


Rank 


Surname and Initiaals 


Date 


Sub-unit 






SCR 






724115 


Sri 


m<neilage, p i. 


13. 9.74 


1 Cdo 


727700 


St<t 


McKELVIE J 


29. 7,77 


Sp Cdo 


727860 


T/Cpl 


PHILLIPS, R. N 


19. 5.78 


Sp Cdo 


780673 


M«j 


B. M. SNEL'GA'R 

OLM (Combatnnnt) 


7.12.79 


3 Cdo 


780636 


T/Maj 


P. W. ARMSTRONG 


23. 9.77 


Sp Cdo 


780689 


Maj 


N. 1). HENSON 

MLM 


30. 4.80 


Sp Cdo 


780276 


Maj 


H. St. J. ROWLEY 

MLM (Combatant) 


12. 7.71 


3 Cdo 


780525 


Maj 


J. C. W. AUST 


26, 9.75 


2 Cdo 


780509 


Maj 


R. E. H. LOCKLEY 


26. 9.75 


1 Cdo 


780527 


Maj 


I>. R. LAMBERT 


15.10.76 


3 Cdo 


780658 


T/Maj 


J. T STRONG, BCR 


14. 4.78 


3 Cdo 


780756 


T/Maj 


F. K. WATTS 


7.12.79 


1 Cdo 


780138 


T/Maj 


C. H. WEBSTER (RMO) 

BCR 


30. 4.80 


BG 


780588 


Lt 


A. G. SACHSE 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


780634 


Lt 


N. G. C. FAWCETT 


23.10.70 


1 Cdo 


780637 


Lt 


C. J. PEARCE 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


780658 


Lt 


J. T STRONG 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


780768 


Lt 


A. K TOURLE 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


723507 


Cpl 


CROUKAMP, D. E. W 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


723858 


Cpl 


JOHNSTONE, K. R, 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


723666 


Cpl 


KORB, R. R 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


723694 


L/Cpl 


LAHEE, T. S 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


780884 


2Lt 


R. J. A. PASSAPORTIS 


13. 9.74 


1 Cdo 


726084 


Sgt 


FOUCHE, E. G 


13. 9.74 


2 Cdo 


780838 


Lt 


C. B, WILLIS 


26. 9.75 


3 Cdo 


780889 


2Lt 


M. R. MOSELEY 


26. 9.75 


1 Cdo 


725494 


Sgt 


WHITE, P. C. O 


26. 9.75 


1 Cdo 


725324 


Cpl 


WELSH, C. C. S 


26. 9.75 


1 Cdo 


780929 


Lt 


N. J. THERON 


15.10.76 


2 Cdo 


724678 


Sgt 


KERR, M. D, 


15.10.76 


Sp Cdo 


99295 


Tpr 


DE BEER, D. J 


15.10.76 


1 Cdo 


726202 


Cpl 


RIEKERT,D.J 


15.10.76 


J Cdo 


V2567 


Lt 


D. A. SAMUELS 


27. 7.77 


2 Cdo 


781051 


2Lt 


G. D. B. MURDOCH 


29. 7.77 


2 Cdo 


725748 


L/Cpl 


FOURIE, J. 


29. 7.77 


Sp Cdo 


727598 


Tpr 


HYDE, J. B. 


29. 7.77 


Sp Cdo 



54 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



Number 


Rank 


Surname and -Initiaals 


Date 


Sub-unit 






BCR — continued 






727990 


L/Cpl 


WATSON, M. W. 


23. 9.77 


Sp Cdo 


725082 


Cpl 


HODGSON, T. G 


23. 9.77 


2 Cdo 


780998 


Lt 


R. J, SMITH 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


780883 


Lt 


1 M. ADAMS 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


724703 


Sj>t 


TAYLOR, 1). B 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


728900 


L/C pi 


CALLOWAY G. M. 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


781045 


Lt 


R. J. VAN MALSEN 


13. 4.79 


1 Cdo 


725044 


Cpl 


KJRKPATRICK, P 


13. 4.79 


1 Cdo 


726942 


Cpl 


VAN N1EKERK, H. J 


13. 4.79 


1 Cdo 


728272 


Cpl 


MACLOUGHLIN, N. K 


8. 6.79 


Sp Cdo 


727997 


Cpl 


BINION, P. M 


4. 8.79 


Sp Cdo 


V394S 


2Lt 


D. C. ROSENFELS 


4. 9.79 


3 Cdo 


727785 


Tpr 


TRAYNOR, Z. R 


4. 9.79 


Sp Cdo 


726102 


s# 


KERR, E. J. R 


30.11.79 


1 Cdo 


729624 


Cpl 


HARDING, R. J. A 


30.11.79 


I Cdo 


728323 


Cpl 


GIBSON, A. R 


30.11.79 


3 Cdo 


728703 


Cpl 


KIDD, B.R 


7.12.79 


3 Cdo 


781335 


Lt 


S. J. CARPENTER 


30. 4.80 


Sp Cdo 


726707 


Sgt 


WARREN, C. E 

DCD 


30. 4.80 


3 Cdo 


780534 


Maj 


G. WALSH (QM) 

DMM 


11.11.76 


Bn HQ 


780592 


Capi 


R. F. REID-DALY, MBE 


12. 7.71 


Bn HQ 


720854 


WOl (RSM) 


R. O. TARR 


11.11.71 


Bn HQ 


780243 


Lt Col 


R. W. SOUTHEY 


lt. 11.74 


Bn HQ 
Bn HQ 


780767 


Capt 


A. C. DACE 


11.11.76 


723964 


C/Sgt 


NORMAN, J. F. A 


15. 9.78 


3 Cdo 


780692 


Capt 


p. r COOPER 


11.11.78 


Trg Tp 


721362 


WOl (RSM) 


H. J. PRINGER 


11. 11.78 


Bn HQ 


721525 


wot 


L. MONSON 


13. 4.79 


Bn HQ 


724876 


W02 


G. N. ENSLIN 

MFC (Operationaal) 


13. 4.79 


Sp Cdo 


781079 


Lt 


J. R. CRONIN 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


728022 


Cpl 


S. B. MAZELLA 


31. 3.78 


Sp Cdo 


725537 


L/Cpl 


HODGSON, P. J 


31. 3.78 


3 Cdo 


121020 


Tpr 


LEWIS, K. L 


13,10.78 


1 Cdo 


723339 


W02 


MILLER, D. M 


11.11.78 


2 Cdo 


781086 


Lt 


N. J. R. STOREY 


13. 4.79 


1 Cdo 


725592 


A/C Sgt 


KRUGER, T 


13. 4.79 


Sp Cdo 


727729 


Sgt 


BRAMWELL, M, R 


13. 4.79 


1 Cdo 


727060 


Sgt 


LIVERICK, J 


13. 4.79 


Sp Cdo 


727464 


T/Sgt 


BROWN, A. F 


13. 4.79 


3 Cdo 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



55 



1 Number 


Rank 


j Surname and Inttiaals 


Date 


Sub-unit 






MFC (Operational) — continued 






781064 


Lt 


G. S. THORNTON 


25. 5.79 


3 Cdo 


728873 


Tpr 


SMITH, R. G 


25. 5.79 


3 Cdo 


781241 


2Lt 


i>. c greenhalgh 


25. 5.79 


3 Cdo 


82929 


S«t 


STEYN, J. G. F 


25. 5.79 


3 Cdo 


729681 


Tpr 


GRACE, K. B 


25. 5.79 


3 Cdo 


729571 


Cpl 


ROSSOUW, M. M 


14. 9.79 


Sp Cdo 


727968 


Tpr 


MrlVER, I. G 


14. 9.79 


Sp Cdo 




Cpl 


ROGERS, C. W 


14. 9.79 


Sp Cdo 


780673 


2Lt 


b. m. snelgar 


23.10.70 


1 Cdo 


723979 


L/Cpl 


SHERWIN, A 


23:10.70 


3 Cdo 


723703 


Tpr 


BOYD MONK, M. C 


23.10.70 


1 Cdo 


724039 


Tpr 


SMITH, H. L 


23.10.70 


1 Cdo 


780117 


Lt Col 


J. S. V. HICKMAN, MC 


12. 7.71 


Bn HQ 


780245 


Maj 


R. W. SOUTHEY 


12. 7.71 


3 Cdo 


724932 


A/Sgt 


SMITH, O. W 


30.11.73 


3 Cdo 


724334 


Cpl 


BARTLETT, K. M 


13. 9.74 


3 Cdo 


725082 


Cpl 


HODGSON, T. G 


13. 9.74 


2 Cdo 


724682 


L/Cp! 


VAN DER ZANDT, D. J. 


13. 9.74 


1 Cdo 


780840 


Lt 


T G. BAX 


26. 9.75 


3 Cdo 


780836 


Lt 


G. C. KRIEL 


26. 9.75 


2 Cdo 


724988 


Cpl 


GALLIAS, M. <.;. 


26. 9.75 


Sp Cdo 


725694 


Cpl 


ROSE, I. E 


26. 9.75 


Sp Cdo 


725602 


Cpl 


SCHOTS, J. IP 


26. 9.75 


2 Cdo 


725305 


Cpl 


BODEN, R. V 


26 9.75 


Sp Cdo 


780565 


Maj 


R. M. MATKOVICH 


15.10.76 


1 Cdo 


780757 


T/Capt 


C W. DONALD 


15.10.76 


3 Cdo 


727059 


Tpr 


DALY, K. J 


15.10.76 


1 Cdo 


36809 


Tpr 


TOMLINSON, D. N. « 


15.10.76 


2 Cdo 


726594 


L/Cpl 


BEECH, R. T 


29. 7.77 


Sp Cdo 


726869 


Tpr 


GARNETT, P. M 


29. 7.77 


3 Cdo 


781288 


Lt 


M. F. WEBB 


23. 9.77 


Sp Cdo 


727715 


A/L Cpl 


SWAN, J. W 


23. 9.77 


2 Cdo 


781057 


Capt 


P. V. FARNDELL 

MFC (Non-Operational) 


31. 3.78 


Sp Cdo 


724629 


Tpr 


PITMAN. P. D 


23.10.70 


3 Cdo 


723555 


Tpr 


VOSS,K. L 


12. 7.71 




780692 


Maj 


P. J. COOPER 


11.11.73 


TrgTp 


724156 


Cpl 


VAN TONDBR, A. H. A 


11.11.75 


1 Cdo 


726654 


Cpl 


HUDSON, M. A 


15. 9.78 


3 Cdo 


722097 


W02 


FRAZER, D. J 


11.11.78 


3 Cdo 


722777 


W02 


PAYNE, P. C. A 


13. 4.79 


Sp Cdo 


726567 


S/Sgt 


ROODT. R. D. 

MSM 


7.12.79 


Bn HQ 






Miss M. HORODYSZCZ 


11.11.76 


Bn HQ 






Mrs. E. BROOKES 


11.11.77 


Bn HQ 



56 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



LEST WE FORGET 



ROLL OF HONOUR 

1ST BN, THE RHODESIAN LIGHT INFANTRY 



KILLED IN ACTION 



BCR 



4208 Tpr RIDGE, E. N. F 

4298 Tpr BINKS, R. A 

4241 Tpr WESSELS.C. 1) 

3841 Tpr THORNLEY, M. E 

4099 Tpr BRADING, A. I 

3108 Tpr MEYER. G. I) 

4522 Cpl WENTZEL, T. H. C 

4013 L/Cpl MOORECROFT, L, W. H. 

4533 Cpl MOORE, N. I>. R 

4297 Tpr DON EC; AN, K. A 

PR78524 Rfn CASAL, C. A. I)e A. 

6353 Tpr VAN STADEN. J. J 

6250 L/Cpl LORD, C. P 

6041 Tpr AVES, M. A 

781001 2Lt N. D. STEANE 

726212 Cpl DE BEER, M. j. 

725702 Cpl COEY, J. A 

103738 Rfn POTGIETER, E 

726606 L/Cpl PFEIL, H. G 

100097 Rfn PARKIN, C. J 

725494 Sgt WHITE, P. C. O. 

726854 L/Cpl COOKSON, D. J. 

727333 Tpr DIEDRICKS, C. 

727215 Tpr HOPE, R. J 

107059 Rfn FANNER, G. R. 

72672+ L/Cpl LAMB, M. C. 

728075 Tpr DA COSTA, F. D. 

725437 Cpl LOCKE, K. P 

725132 Cpl ALEXANDER, R E 

727379 Tpr MacKENZIE, D. G 

94232 Rfn VAUGHAN, A. E. 

728340 Tpr WARNICK, E. S. L 

727392 Tpr MACDONALD, E, A. C. 

728197 Tpr CLARKE, G. W, 

727562 Tpr EDMUNDS, C. J 

107452 Rfn BARCLAY, D. I. F 

727613 Tpr TURKLNTGTON, G 

726518 Cpl O'DRTSCOL, A. G 

726869 L/Cpl GARNETT, P. M 

100055 Rfn BETTS, M. D 

725838 Cpl TRAVERS, R. J 

781130 Lt P. M. COURTNEY 

727999 Tpr QUINN, G. D 

728333 Tpr LE VIEUX, S 

729674 Tpr ELLIS, M. D 

728515 Tpr BATTAGLIA, F. P 

111392 Rfn ZIETMAN, A. I 

781236 2Lt F. G. FALZOI 

729601 Tpr BOTES, A. J 

727588 Sgt MARNEWECK, J. C 



18 March 1968 
26 March 1968 

26 March 1968 

10 April 1968 

22 January 1970 

27 April 1971 

27 April 1971 

28 April 1971 

29 December 1972 

18 September 1973 
24 October 1973 
15 March 1974 

19 September 1974 
31 October 1974 

2 April 1975 
19 July 1975 
19 July 1975 

19 July 1975 

20 August 1975 
24 February 1976 
28 February 1976 
28 February 1976 
28 February 1976 

11 October 1976 
31 October 1976 

7 November 1976 

15 November 1976 

6 December 1976 

16 December 1976 
1 February 1977 

17 February 1977 
9 April 1977 

15 May 1977 

15 May 1977 

30 May 1977 

7 July 1977 

16 August 1977 

23 August 1977 
4 October 1977 

13 December 1977 

18 December 1977 

24 December 1977 
30 December 1977 

7 February 1978 

3 March 1978 
6 March 1978 

11 May 1978 

12 June 1978 
22 June 1978 

8 August 1978 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



57 



LEST WE FORGET 



ROLL OF HONOUR 

1ST BN, THE RHODESIAN LIGHT INFANTRY 



KILLED IN ACTION 



728864 


Tpr 


CLARK, S. J 


28 


August 1978 


728721 


Tpr 


BYRNE, J. P 


26 October 1978 


113664 


Tpr 


MILLAR, A. J. 


26 November 1978 


782577 


Tpr 


LITTLE, B. W 


5 


January 1979 


V3945 


2Lt 


D. C. ROSENFELS . 


8 


February 1979 


727896 


L/Cpl 


OVERBEEK, M 


4 


April 1979 


729659 


Tpr 


MOORE, M. A 


17 


Apri! 1979 


726942 


Cpl 


VAN NIEKERK, N. J 


18 


April 1979 


122175 


Tpr 


GILDENHUYS, R. O 


18 


April 1979 


729752 


Tpr 


POOLE, R. F 


19 


April 1979 


730180 


Tpr 


STANLEY, A. J 


20 


April 1979 


728586 


Tpr 


MUIR. D. S 


12 


May 1979 


730045 


Tpr 


CHAXCE, M. J 


15 


May 1979 


730053 


Tpr 


MYBURGH, K. H. 


16 


Mav 1979 


728892 


Tpr 


LANG, C F 


4 


June 1979 


123360 


Cpl 


RICE, P. O 


4 


June 1979 


726466 


L/Cp 


NEL, E. F 


4 


June 1979 


126683 


Tpr 


FRANCIS, R 


to 


June 1979 


729874 


Tpr 


ELSAESSER W. E. . 


16 


July 1979 


125542 


Tpr 


McKEND, B. J 


16 


July 1979 


727941 


A/Sgt 


McCALL, H. J 


16 


July 1979 


729803 


Tpr 


DWYER. S M 


16 


July 1979 


124307 


Tpr 


BRIEL, J. A 


6 


September 1979 


730092 


Tpr 


COLEMAN, A. J. 


6 


September 1979 


123929 


Tpr 


CROW, J. M. 


6 


September 1979 


119928 


Tpr 


ENSLIN. B. L 


6 


September 1979 


729689 


Cpl 


FRY, G. H 


6 


September 1979 


729937 


Tpr 


KING, S. E 


6 


September 1979 


123027 


Tpr 


NEASHAM, C. G. . 


6 


September 1979 


730099 


Tpr 


PROSSER, D. R 


6 


September 1979 


780949 


Capt 


J. M. DU PLOOY 


6 


September 1979 


728831 


Tpr 


FURNESS, H. L. H. . 


14 October 1979 


123471 


Tpr 


HOUGHTON, A. P 


21 


October 1979 


124298 


Tpr 


CREYVESTEYN, A, 


W 15 


December 1979 



EMBERS WHO DIED ON OPERATIONS 



2634 


Pte 


DE HAAS, R 


21 September 1961 


3684 


Cpl 


EGGLESTON, P. B. 


15 February 1966 


3079 


L/Gpl 


KORB, J. G 


15 November 1966 


0635 


2Lt 


C.VILJOEN 


28 February 1968 


2201 


Sgt 


GARY, J. B 


29 January 1969 


3248 


Tpr 


JOHNSTON. A. T. 


13 Mav 1969 


3187 


Sgt 


REYNOLDS, K 


12 February 1970 


5052 


Tpr 


VISSER, B 


11 May 1971 


5507 


Tpr 


YUNCKER, K. G 


29 September 1972 



58 



CHEETAH 



OCTOBER 



LEST WE FORGET 



ROLL OF HONOUR 

1ST BN, THE RHODESIAN LIGHT INFANTRY 



BERS WHO DIED ON OPERATIONS 

8 May 1973 

27 October 1974 

1 January 1979 

27 May 1979 

26 September 1979 



5424 


Tpr 


CLINTON Y 


5271 


Tpr 


STOCKHIL-GILL, R. V 


728920 


Tpr 


MGIVER, A. J 


7&I339 


2Lt 


f. W. WALTER 


780673 


Maj 


B, M. SNELGAR 



BOOK OF RE 



BRANCE 



0420 


2Lt 


J.F. GILFILLAN 


2289 


Cpl 


HIGGINS, G. S. B 


2157 


Pte 


TIMM, M. M 


3345 


Tpr 


BAILEY, G. R 


3699 


Tpr 


MAUGUE, F. J. J 


3313 


L/Cpl 


SIMONS, V J 


3590 


Tpr 


VAN DER HEEVER, J. E 


3843 


Tpr 


JOHNSTON, N. D 


2543 


C/Sgt 


FERREIRA, W. R. 


4309 


Tpr 


ASHMEAD, P. R 


4876 


L/Gpl 


KERSWELL, A. J 


5184 


Ret 


COSTHUIZEN, M. P. 


4986 


Tpr 


SMITH, G F 


780768 


Lt 


A. K. TOURLE, BCR 


780583 


Capt 


G. P. ENGELA 


5325 


L/Cpl 


BREDENGAMP, L. J 


2116 


RSM 


H. BIRKETT 


4413 


Tpr 


ROBINSON, L. A 


7090 


Ret 


WRIGHT, V. W 


726588 


Tpr 


BRNJAC, B. M 


S9215 


Rfn 


VAN WYK, D. P 


726911 


L/Cpl 


MAGUIRE, R. E 


726110 


Cpl 


DU PREEZ, T. J 


727147 


Tpr 


DE CAMPOS, M. F. D. C 


114822 


Rfn 


McCORMICK, I. <R 


728565 


Tpr 


GRIFFIN, C. W 


728002 


L/Cpl 


HARMER.A. M 


726%7 


Tpr 


CAMACHO, A. G 


727336 


Tpr 


GODDING, R. J 


728676 


Tpr 


KOELLNER, R 


7255179 


Sgt 


LE ROUX, 'B. T 


124614 


Tpr 


BRANDT, G 



5 January 1961 
2 August 196! 

30 August 1961 

29 October 1966 

31 December 1966 
1 March 1968 

30 April 1968 

23 December 1968 

11 November 1969 

6 June 1970 
30 June 1971 

1 July 1971 
3 March 1972 
9 April 1972 

26 July 1972 

16 December 1972 

23 March 1973 

24 March 1974 
8 June 1975 

19 January 1977 
26 March 1977 
14 May 1977 
14 September 1977 
14 September 1977 

25 September 1977 

7 October 1977 
14 October 1977 

12 January 1978 
22 March 1978 
28 June 1979 

26 August 1979 

5 December 1979 



OCTOBER 



CHEETAH 



59 



Inter-Commando Championship 1980 - Results 







MILITARY EVENTS 


SPORTING EVENTS 


OVERALL PTS. 

(ME & Sport) 


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Posn. 
Pts. 


2 = 


1 


2 


2 = 


2 


2 


38 


'" 


4 


4 


2 


3 = 


3 


4 


10 


4 


48 


2 


6 


8 


6 


6 


6 


6 


1 


1 


3 


2 


2 


1 


1 
CDO 


Posn. 


1 


3 


3 


2 = 


1 


1 


38 


1 = 


3 


3 


1 


1 = 


4 


3 


15 


3 


53 


1 


Pts. 


8 


4 


4 


6 


8 


8 


2 


2 


4 


4 


1 


2 


2 
CDO 


Posn. 


2 = 


4 


4 


£ 


3 


3 


26 


3 


2 


2 


4 


3 = 


1 


2 


16 


2 


42 


4 


Pts. 


6 


2 


2 


8 


4 


4 


3 


3 


1 


2 


4 


3 


3 
CDO 


Posn. 


4 


2 


1 


4 


4 


4 


22 


4 


1 


1 


3 


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2 


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43 


3 


Pts. 


2 


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4 



Inter-Commando Championship 1980 — Results 



TROPHY 


EVENT 


WINNER 


SPORTING EVENTS 

The Scheweppes Trophv 

The Sports Centre Trophy 

The 1 Commando Trophy 

The Border Trophy 

The Support Commando Trophv 

The Moore Trophy 

The Rothmans Cup .... 


Football 

Rugbv .... 

Tug-O-War 

Cross Country 

Vollev Ball 

Athletics 

Champion Sporting Commando ..... 


3 Commando and 1 Commando (Tie) 
3 Commando 
3 Commando 

1 Commando 

2 Commando 

3 Commando 
3 Commando 


MILITARY EVENTS 

The Wessels Trophy 

The Base Group Shield 

The Officers' Mess Trophy 

The RLI Inter Commando Drill Shield 

The Mike Thornley Trophy 

The 'Dave Parker Cup 

The John Dawson Cup 

The Jack Caine Trophy 

The Holland Africa Trophv 


Approach March 

Parachuting 

hooting 

Drill 

Assault Course 

Admin and Q Inspection 

For Falling Plates 

Champion Commando for Military Events 

Champion Commando 


1 Commando 
) Commando 
'Support Commando 

2 Commando 

3 Commando 
1 Commando 
1 Commando 

I and Support Commando (Tie) 
i Commando 


MISCELLANEOUS 

The Hugh Rowlev Trophv 

The Charl Vitjoen Trophv 

The McKeever Trophy 


Most Improved Rutjbv Plaver 

'Best Subaltern , 

Sportsman of the Year 


L/Cpl George Penny 

Lt (row A/Capti R. Harrison 

Lt Arthur Kegal 



AN ODE TO THE R.LI. 

Sad, yet peaceful, dusty and hot, 

The rustling of leaves, on msasa trees, 

The glitter of brass, with names etched In black, 

A haze of white stones, simply standing at ease. 

Muffled voices, afloat in the air, 

Sounding persistent, their bodies unseen. 

In unison, murmuring, "we died not in vain. 

Man knows life's story, only till death, 

We who have fallen, now know the rest, 

Honour our going, deep in the heart, 

Remember the wounded, they played a great part. " 

The voices receded neath indigenous trees, 

The ground then camouflaged, in shadows of leaves. 

An ominous silence, clung all around, 

From clouds in the heavens, to the dust on the ground. 

Boots now are silent, many lives just a dream, 

Hallowed their uniforms, white, silver and green. 



by Vera Phillips Mealing 



62 CHEETAH OCTOBER 




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OCTOBER 






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